Netflix: Is the World's Largest Streaming Service on Its Last Legs?

Streaming was already taking over before the coronavirus pandemic led movie theaters to close. But circumstances have certainly accelerated the streaming wars. The introduction of HBO Max might be the latest contender. But more streaming services are emerging all the time. And in the midst of it all, one huge question remains: how long until Netflix falls?

Most of its biggest hit shows are winding down

Years ago, Netflix changed the game by adding a streaming option to its DVD-by-mail business model. At the time, no one was doing anything like that. And the few companies that tried — namely, Blockbuster — failed to gain traction. But bit by bit, the competition has increased.

Netflix has stayed relevant by flooding the market with original content. Shows like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black put Netflix on the map. But with the exception of a few shows, such as Stranger Things, the streaming service’s biggest hits are behind it.

Arguably, Netflix is doing itself a disservice by producing so much original content. Barely a week or two goes by until viewers have forgotten about the latest movie or show. That might not be the best way to cultivate long-term viewership. Plus, there’s the financial aspect to consider…

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Netflix is spending too much on original content

Netflix spent a reported $159 million to produce The Irishman. Martin Scorsese’s 209-minute crime drama then became a major awards contender. But it’s also indicative of Netflix’s shifting priorities. Once upon a time, the company relied on licensed content to gain an audience.

In its early days, the streaming service offered fewer popular movies and shows. But now Netflix is heading down a similar trajectory for a very different reason. More studios are holding onto their content for their own streaming platforms. And as a result, Netflix is moving in a new direction.

Netflix aims to move away from being a hub of other companies’ content. Instead, the streaming service looks to become a movie and TV studio unto itself. But it could be investing too heavily in original productions. For every Irishman, there is a ton of Netflix projects that get completely lost in the shuffle. And the streaming service risks spreading itself too thin.

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HBO Max and Disney+ have deeper content libraries

Over the past few years, Netflix has developed a loyal subscriber base. But it’s brand recognition still pales in comparison to its competition. In particular, Disney+ and HBO Max are tapping into established brands. Moreover, they’re building out with rich content libraries.

After all, the two streaming services boast the respective owners of Disney and Warner Bros. Netflix attempts to carve a niche for itself. But Disney+ and HBO Max already have several built-in audiences they can draw from. Aside from their titular brands, the platforms offer Star Wars, Marvel, Studio Ghibli, and other content.

Other streaming services are owned by big studios. As such, they can offer the one thing Netflix can’t: stability. Far too often, subscribers are seeing their favorite movies or shows suddenly vanish from the service. Netflix is focused on its own content. But how long until consumers decide it’s not worth the investment? The tipping point might be drawing near.

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‘Tuca & Bertie’ Season 2 Will Happen Thanks To Adult Swim Saving The Show

Tuca & Bertie fans, it’s time to rejoice, because Tuca & Bertie Season 2 is happening, thanks to Adult Swim. On May 22, the network took to Twitter to announce the exciting news, writing, "Let the party begin. A new season of Tuca & Bertie is coming to Adult Swim in 2021." According to TheWrap, the network ordered 10 new episodes, with Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong reprising their voice acting roles as the titular Tuca and Bertie.

Former BoJack Horseman producer and artist Lisa Hanawalt, who created the series, seems just as excited as I am. "I’ve been a fan of Adult Swim shows since my teens," she said in a statement, "so I’m thrilled to bring my beloved fowl to the party and be a new voice for a fresh decade of absurd, irreverent, yet heartwarming adult animation."

ICYMI: Back in July 2019, Netflix announced that the adult animated comedy sadly wasn’t getting a Season 2 renewal. Fans were shook, especially since the first season of the series (which debuted in May 2019) was met with critical acclaim. However, just like when One Day at a Time was saved by Pop TV after its own Netflix cancelation, Adult Swim responded to Tuca & Bertie supporters and offered the series a new home.

If you’ve never watched the series (and IMO, you really should), Tuca & Bertie revolves around two 30-something bird besties — a carefree toucan and an anxious songbird — as they navigate life together. It’s hilarious and sure to give you Broad City vibes, which is why fans rallied behind it after its cancelation. Soon after Netflix broke the bad news, Hanawalt assured fans she would do everything in her power to produce a second season.

In a lengthy Twitter thread posted in July 2019, Hanawalt thanked viewers for their unwavering support. She concluded the thread by tweeting, "Thank you to everyone who loves and supports T&B, and to everyone who was comforted and felt like this show gave you a voice. I’m hopeful we can find a home for Tuca & Bertie to continue their adventures." Just about 10 months later, Hanawalt was able to tell fans that she’d succeeded. Minutes after Adult Swim broke the news, Hanawalt tweeted, "HAPPY FRIDAY :)))))))))))))))))))))))) TUCA & BERTIE IS COMING BACK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Though T&B fans will have to wait until 2021 to see Tuca and Bertie’s story continued, I have a feeling it will be worth the wait. Just remember this: If you believe it and you tweet it, then you can achieve it.

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Netflix Reveals How Many People Watched ‘The Willoughbys’ in First Four Weeks!

The viewership data has been announced for the new Netflix animated movie The Willoughbys, which was released last month.

The streaming service says that 37.6 million accounts watched the movie within its first four weeks of release.

While Netflix previously calculated viewership numbers by counting users who have watched at least 70% of a movie or series, it now counts an account as a viewer if only two minutes are watched.

Chris Hemsworth‘s movie Extraction was released on the same day as The Willoughbys and it’s expected to become the most-watched movie in Netflix history with about 90 million viewers in the fist four weeks.

Make sure to listen to the touching song that Alessia Cara recorded for the movie. She also voices a character alongside a star-studded voice cast.

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‘Elite’ Renewed for Season 4 at Netflix!

Elite is coming back for more!

The hit Netflix Spanish high school series will return for Season 4, it was confirmed via the series’ official social media channels on Friday (May 22).

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Season 3 premiered on the streaming platform two months ago. The cast made the exciting announcement of the new season via videos from their homes in quarantine amid the global health crisis. While there’s no premiere date slated just yet especially due to the global production shutdowns, the stars, including Claudia Salas and Miguel Bernardeau, spoke out about the big news.

“I wanted to tell you that we have got the scripts of season 4 and they look so good,” Miguel said.

“You better be prepared, because it’s intense,” added Aron Piper.

The show also stars Georgina Amoros, Itzan Escamilla and Omar Ayuso.

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What's New To Netflix In June 2020? More Anime, TV Shows, Movies, And Originals

Summertime is right around the corner, and because most of us are sheltering in place right now, almost everyone is watching a lot more television. And in June, Netflix has plenty of originals coming at you, two of which will have their final seasons. Check out what we know is coming to Netflix next month below.

June marks the end of the Fuller House revival. The second, and final, half of Season 5 of Fuller House arrives on June 2. That means it will be the last time you can watch Stephanie, DJ, Kimmy, and the rest of the gang get in wacky situations and get out of them with hugs and understanding. How rude?

Also coming to an end is the hit series 13 Reasons Why. Originally, the show followed a teenager who came across audio recordings of a classmate who had committed suicide. From there, the series went a bunch of different directions, and on June 5, the series will come to an end with Season 4.

Spike Lee is bringing his talents to Netflix this month, with Da 5 Bloods arriving on June 5. The upcoming movie follows Vietnam vets decades after the war, as they head back to the country to honor someone who fought alongside them. Also, they buried some gold during the war, and they want to retrieve it. Check out the first trailer for the movie here.

Below, you’ll find everything announced that’s coming to Netflix in June. Keep checking back as Netflix releases its full list in the upcoming days.

And if you’re looking for something new to watch, consider listening to GameSpot’s weekly TV series and movies-focused podcast, You Should Be Watching. With new episodes premiering every Wednesday, you can watch a video version of the podcast over on GameSpot Universe or listen to audio versions on Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, and Apple Podcasts.

What’s new to Netflix in June?

June 1

  • Card Captor Sakura

June 2

  • Fuller House The Farewell Season

June 5

  • Queer Eye Season 5
  • 13 Reasons Why Season 4
  • The Last Days of American Crime
  • Hannibal Seasons 1-3

June 12

  • Da 5 Bloods
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts Season 2
  • The Woods

June 19

  • The Politician Season 2

June 30

  • George Lopez: We’ll Do It For Half

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Steve Carell Brings Chaos to the Moon in New 'Space Force' Trailer

Steve Carell is tasked with militarizing space in the new Netflix original series Space Force, and as you can imagine, hijinks ensue.

In the latest trailer for the show, which premieres May 29th on the streaming platform, Carell is a four-star general given the assignment to lead the newly launched Space Force division of the U.S. government — a wink to President Donald Trump’s own “Space Force” proposal.

Carell co-created the 10-part comedy series with Greg Daniels, showrunner for the U.S. version of The Office, so Carell’s character is just as inept a leader in the trailer as he was on the iconic sitcom. Still, the military aspects of the show are a bit more realistic.

“We wanted to make sure that we were being accurate and more than respectful — I would say complimentary — of the military virtues that Steve’s character holds,” Daniels said in a statement. “We have astronaut advisors, science advisors and our military advisor, Mark Vazquez, has been very useful in teaching us about military behavior. Both Steve and I have relatives in the military who we love and respect, and hope are going to enjoy watching the show.”

As General Mark R. Naird, Carell ridicules his colleagues in the trailer for suggesting that the surface of the moon is complex, his attempt at running in a new spacesuit goes haywire when he quickly runs out of breath.”So the game of mental chess has begun,” he tells a scientist played by John Malkovich.

“It’s Hungry Hungry Hippos at best,” Malkovich responds.

The series also stars Diana Silvers, Tawny Newsome, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy O. Yang and Noah Emmerich.

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Blood & Water: Netflix's New Series Is a Mix of Elite and You With Serious Family Drama

Watch the Trailer For Netflix’s Blood & Water, Season 1

If you’re looking for something a little more dramatic than Netflix’s latest comedic teen fare, Blood & Water is exactly what you’re looking for. The upcoming South African series follows Puleng Khulamo (Ama Qamata), a sixteen-year-old student who abruptly transfers into the prestigious Parkhurst College after meeting one of the most popular students in the school, Fikile Bhele (Khosi Ngema). What Fikile and the rest of Puleng’s new classmates don’t know is that the sweet-faced teenager is hoping for more than academic improvement; Puleng transferred schools because she’s convinced that Fikile is actually her long-lost sister who was abducted at birth 17 years ago. Super chill way to make friends, am I right?

By the looks of the series’ official trailer, Puleng has definitely bitten off more than she can chew. The one-minute clip features everything we’ve come to expect from shows that take place in prestigious high schools: chic uniforms, dubious friendships, steamy study dates, fights in the quad, and lots of emotional explosions. Directed by Nosipho Dumisa, the show looks like a combination of All American‘s family drama, Elite‘s indulgent messiness, and You‘s stalker mystery vibes. Which is absolutely a mix that we can get behind!

Alongside Qamata and Ngema, the show features stars like Gail Mabalane (The Imposter), Dillon Windvogel (Bhai’s Cafe), Arno Greeff (Playboyz), and Natasha Thahane (The Queen). Check out the trailer above and photos from the first season ahead before Blood & Water premieres on May 20.

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Extraction's Ending Is Pretty Ambiguous, So Will Chris Hemsworth Return For the Sequel?

Netflix struck gold with Extraction, the recent action film starring Chris Hemsworth. The movie quickly became one of the most successful films to premiere on the streaming service, with an outstanding 90 million households watching within the first month of its release. So, it’s no surprise that within a few weeks of its worldwide premiere, Netflix signed a deal for an Extraction sequel.

In an exclusive with Deadline, Joe Russo, the film’s writer, confirmed that a deal was closed between AGBO and Netflix for a sequel and a script is currently in the very early stages. He went on to say that as of now, there’s no telling if the story will pick up where it left off, or perhaps go back in time. Joe shared that while although a sequel is in the works, there are still many things up in the air. The two biggest question marks are currently the potential returns of Sam Hargrave as director and Hemsworth as Tyler Rake.

You may remember the movie’s ambiguous ending in which viewers were left to decide for themselves whether Tyler survives the gunfight in Bangladesh or returns to Ovi, the boy who is kidnapped, as a guardian angel. Many fans — myself included — are hoping for the latter; mainly so we can watch Hemsworth fight off drug lords, escape gunfights and explosions, and get into more car chases, but can you blame us? Hemsworth is one of the biggest stars in the world thanks to his turn as Thor in the Avengers films, and it’s hard to imagine the movie would have done as well without him as the lead.

Sadly, we’ll have to anxiously wait until the script is finalized for confirmation whether Hemsworth will be returning to set. On the bright side, Hemsworth has a healthy and friendly relationship with both AGBO and Sam, from their time working together on Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Not to mention, Hemsworth’s playful hint of sequels and prequels in an Instagram video. “There’s been a lot of talk about sequels and prequels and all sorts of things. All I can say is, ‘Who knows?’ But with this kind of support it’s something I’d be stoked to jump back into.” It seems that as of now, the odds are leaning in our favor!

There is no release date set for Extraction 2, as the script is still in progress and production is currently paused due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Netflix Orders DC Comics Sweet Tooth Series, From Arrow Showrunner

Netflix has a real Sweet Tooth: The streamer has picked up a series based on the half-boy, half-deer character created by Jeff Lemire for DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, with Beth Schwartz (Arrow) on board as executive producer/writer/co-showrunner. The show’s cast includes Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) and James Brolin (Life in Pieces) as the voice of the narrator.

The eight-episode Sweet Tooth is described as “the broad appeal, family-friendly, storybook adventure of Gus (Pup Academy and Legion‘s Christian Convery) — part deer, part boy — who leaves his home in the forest to find the outside world ravaged by a cataclysmic event,” per the official synopsis. “He joins a ragtag family of humans and animal-children hybrids like himself in search of answers about this new world and the mystery behind his hybrid origins.” The ensemble also features Nonso Anozie (Zoo) and Adeel Akhtar (Ghosted).

Jim Mickle (Hap and Leonard) will serve as EP/writer/director/co-showrunner alongside Schwartz. The project hails from Warner Bros. Television and Team Downey, with the latter’s Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell exec-producing. Linda Moran is also set as an EP, while Team Downey’s Evan Moore is a producer.

Sweet Tooth previously received a pilot order at Hulu in November 2018, with Mickle as its sole writer, but failed to score a series pickup.

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Fuller House Goes Back to Its Roots For the Emotional Season 5 Trailer

Fuller House is officially coming to an end, and we’re not ready to say goodbye to the Tanner family. On Tuesday, Netflix unveiled the emotional trailer for the second half of the fifth and final season. Not only does it tease Stephanie and DJ’s respective weddings, but there are also sweet clips from the original series throughout. “For over 30 years, we’ve been family,” the clip teases, before inviting fans to join them one last time. The trailer also teases the return of Full House alums like Bob Saget (Danny), John Stamos (Jesse), and Dave Coulier (Joey). The first half of season five hit Netflix in December 2019, and the remaining nine episodes for the final season will roll out on June 2. Watch the heartwarming trailer above.

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