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 next year approaches, TVEnthusiast is predicting the changes to the medium of television. Throughout New Years week, we will run a series of articles that look at television in 2016. Each article will focus on a different market of the industry. From Network to Streaming, if there is a means of consuming content in 2016, we will be covering it.
Looking Towards 2016 in Streaming
In 2015, streaming broke out as a major new platform for original episodic content. Led by Netflix, various companies, from Amazon to Yahoo, unveiled new programming which was tailor made for web users and cord cutters. There’s no signs of the streaming revolution slowing down. In fact, 2016 is set to be even bigger, with Netflix proclaiming they will debut a new series on the popular streaming service every week in 2016. That’s 52 new programs on just Netflix alone. Add in Amazon and Hulu, and there will be plenty to watch for everyone, even those wishing to ditch cable.
What We Know
As said in the opening, Netflix is significantly ramping up production of their original programming. Netflix spent it’s formative years making content deals to stream other providers content, with all the headaches that involved, such as not being able to stream content until after a set period of time that is designed to be way more beneficial to the provider than Netflix. Now, Netflix is taking it’s destiny into it’s own hands, and after several high profile successes such as House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Daredevil, the streaming provider is going all in with 52 new shows in 2016. Ranging from action to comedy, from Superheros to revivals of beloved sitcoms of yesteryear, Netflix plans to have it all. That’s not to say the other services are slouching either, Amazon will continue adding their own original series through their Prime service and Hulu is stepping up with it’s own original content, namely the adaptation of Stephen King’s 11/22/63.
What We Want
We’re eagerly anticipating the return of Marvel’s Daredevil in 2016, which will feature the MCU debut of The Punisher, a character we’ve been dying to see in this universe, and for whom Daredevil is a perfect fit. Also from Marvel, is Luke Cage, which promises to be another great addition to the lineup. Outside of Marvel, Netflix is producing new episodes of British cult hit Black Mirror, and the aforementioned 11/22/63 looks to be a standout for Hulu
What We Expect
As streaming becomes more and more popular, we expect to see many outlets try their hand at more original web content. Even traditional television networks like CW are producing content specifically for the web, such as Vixen, via CW seed. We expect to see players, that are already in the game, beef up their lineups significantly. We also expect a wide variety of content, as all manner of programming is being produced for streaming platforms.
As traditional networks stagnate, with stale uninspired content, streaming services are setting themselves up to be the new destination for premium content. It is this writer’s belief, that the on demand TV service that streaming networks provide, is the future of TV as a medium. Time will only tell, of course, but Netflix is winning big with it’s original programming, and there are zero signs of it fading anytime soon. Anyone who considers themselves a fan of long-form storytelling, owes it to themselves to, at the very least, have a Netflix subscription. If 2015 was the year streaming blew up, 2016 will be the year it becomes mainstream. Turning on Netflix will be just as natural as tuning your TV to NBC. The revolution will not be televised, it will be streamed.
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.