2015 has been a year of significant growth in television. So much so, that some TV executives have speculated that there is simply too much content. The exponential growth of television content means that viewers can continually narrow their focuses without reducing the number of shows they consume. As the year comes to an end, TVEnthusiast is analyzing the medium of television. Throughout Christmas week, we will run a series of articles that look at television in 2015. Each article will focus on a different market of the industry. From Network to Streaming, if there was a means of consuming content in 2015, we will be covering it.
The year in Streaming
Streaming as a medium for original serialized programming exploded in 2015, Mostly due to Netflix’s increasing commitment to original programming, as the streaming giant sought to free itself of reliance on third party media providers. Indeed, Netflix launched more original programming this year than the previous year, and there’s no signs of them slowing down anytime soon. Of course Netflix’s success has inspired it’s competitors, as Amazon launched plenty of it’s own original programming as part of it’s Pilot Season program, and even Yahoo jumped on the bandwagon saving fan favorite comedy Community from Network cancellation. All in all 2015 was a good year for cord cutters.
What We Liked
Netflix dominated our streaming habits in 2015 being the sole provider of the majority of our favorites, Show’s like Daredevil and Jessica Jones took the familiar MCU to new levels while outside of comic books Netflix managed to entertain with quality comedies such as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and With Bob and David, But even if those shows aren’t for you Netflix brought such a wide variety of content to the table in 2015 that you’re certain to find something to love, Elsewhere Amazon debuted the intriguing Man in the High Castle which may be Amazon’s best show to date.
What We Didn’t Like
The much hyped new season of Community fell flat much like Yahoo’s efforts to get in the streaming space altogether, Powers was the weakest superhero show of the year and most of Amazon’s non Man in the High Castle programming was pretty lame.
What Were the Trends
Comic books continued their media domination in streaming with two high profile Marvel shows on Netflix and Powers on PSN. Daredevil has already proven successful enough to warrant a second season and there’s still more to come on Netflix. Revivals are also a big thing, We saw Yahoo revive Community and Netflix brought back Mr Show and is bringing back Full House as well. Streaming services are betting big on nostalgia and popularity. Of course, neither of these trends are specific to streaming as it’s happening to the television landscape as a whole but it’s clear that streaming isn’t immune to these trends.
2015 was the year streaming broke out and became a force to be reckoned with, so much so that it even shook traditional television providers like HBO to jump into the streaming scene with their own alternatives. Netflix is clearly the king of the hill here, having the most popular programming in streaming, but competition is sure to get fierce. While 2015 had lots of great streaming content 2016 is set to blow this year out of the water.
What do you think? Tell us in our comments, and stay tuned to TVEnthusiast throughout the holidays as we continue to roll out articles on the current state of TV in 2015 and what to expect in 2016.