Most people list ‘Netflix and chill’ among their hobbies today and it’s clear to see why: the streaming service has a ridiculously huge and ever-changing library of movies and TV shows, from the latest releases to hidden games and all-time favorites. But what does the future hold for the streaming giant that introduced us to binge watching?
A universal library
A common complaint Netflix users have is that they can’t watch something that’s available to people in other countries. Lots of people use proxies to trick their computer into thinking they’re in a specific country so they can get a different selection of content when they go on Netflix. It’s recently been reported that Netflix is trying to crack down on people accessing content that’s not available in their country’s own Netflix library. But, this will just lead to people finding another way to access content that’s not available to them. netflix officials appreciate this is a frustrating situation for people and ideally want a service that provides the same content for everyone around the world, regardless what country they’re in. The company is working to sort of licensing deals and publication rights in an attempt to create a single, universal library.
Netflix are aggressively producing a ton of original content, with several dozen new TV series expected to launch over the next few years, as well as more than a dozen new movies and several original documentaries and miniseries. Giving viewers access to lots of third-party content is one of the main reasons Netflix has been a success, but another reason is the popularity of its original content, which gives viewers even more of a reason to choose the streaming service. There’s a lot of original content in the pipeline and you can expect Netflix to focus more on original content over the coming years – in fact, the streaming service has spent a staggering $5 billion on original content for 2016 alone.
Loads of people enjoy having access to Netflix on the mobiles so they can keep up with their favorite TV shows and movies while on the go. However, there’s still the pesky problem of data caps. Netflix are working on ways to help mobile users manage their data more effectively so they can watch Netflix on the go without being restricted by data caps. A new update for Android and iOS is expected later this year and it’s thought this will include the option to turn of HD streaming to save data.
An idea touted around the internet is that Netflix could create news programmes to give viewers real-time news. The streaming service is known for giving producers more freedom and creativity than major TV networks, especially when it comes to its original series. If this same freedom and creativity were given to news, we could see news programmes that have a fresh and unique approach to informing viewers of the most recent happenings around the world.