Netflix Beefs Up Its TV Offering With Three New Shows
Netflix is shoring up its global offer by picking up the rights to three more shows, including The CW’s Jane the Virgin.
The New York Times first reported on Sunday that the streamer has signed deals for international rights to three shows, Jane being the most notable, but also including CBS’ thriller Zoo and USA’s post-apocalypse drama Colony.
The deal for the three shows follows Netflix’s capture of the exclusive streaming rights for the first season of the ABC and Shonda Rhimes hit How to Get Away With Murder, which just last week landed its leading lady Viola Davis a history-making Emmy, as the first African-American woman to win in her category.
With subscribers able to stream Murder in the U.S, Canada and Latin America from September 18, and the sudden acquisition of hit shows like Jane, Netflix looks set to reassure its users that it will continue to incorporate a range of content on its platform, as opposed to just original shows.
This is despite the perceived aggression the streamer has shown in producing or financing content exclusive to its platform, which in the last year alone has seen the continuation of its popular drama’s House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, alongside the development of 22 new television series.
Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer told the Times: “We are a big buyer, and these guys are in the business of making and monetizing content.”
However, as it rolls out its service across the world, Netflix, though appearing to be buying into more outlier content, is seen to be busy building on its library of originals. The Times report states that Netflix plans on spending more than $6 billion in 2016 alone on feature films, television series, documentaries, stand-up specials and other content, with the content spend up about 62 percent from $3.7 billion in 2014.
But when the standard of content is as high as what Netflix has been offering (I mean Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is pure gold) who are we to complain that there is more to come?
In the meantime, fans looking to catch ahold of Jane and co can watch the show on Netflix from October 12th, while they’ll have to wait to grab Colony and Zoo from January 2016.