New York (The Verge) — Netflix needs to grow, but it’s sacrificing great original series to do so theverge.com/2019/8/12/2079….
Only five years ago, Netflix seemed like it was rewriting the rules of television, making huge deals for bold projects that would have been unthinkable on network TV (BoJack Horseman, What/If, and The Order are just a few examples), but things are changing in 2019 as the company faces disappointing earnings and stiff competition.
In 2019, that haven looks a lot less safe. Recently canceled shows like Tuca & Bertie and The OA have spurred a conversation about whether shows are getting a fair chance at finding an audience. Tuca & Bertie showrunner Lisa Hanawalt called out Netflix’s algorithm as being a big part of the issue her show faced and how it played into the series’s cancellation.
Before companies like Disney, WarnerMedia, NBCUniversal, and Apple decided they wanted to have their own streaming services, Netflix didn’t have to worry about competitors possibly stealing its subscribers. But now, “knives are out, looking to take a big portion of their market,” Schiffer says.
“Netflix is not dying. They’re not in existential crisis,” Schiffer says. “It’s just now they have some real competition.” — Julia Alexander/@verge