Netflix’s original content this year is more than 2005’s entire TV industry

2019 has been a big year for Netflix. The streaming giant released just over one new original content on average for every day of this year.

Putting out 371 short-form and long-form content in the United States this year was no biggie for Netflix. This is according to data gathered by Variety Insight. The streaming platform’s series and film releases increased by 54.6% compared to last year’s average of 240 shows and movies.

To amplify just how much of a big deal these numbers are, the streamer’s figures for this year are greater than the original content put out by the entire television industry in the U.S. back in 2005. This is the last year that Netflix was able to overtake the TV industry’s total. And that’s right, we mean broadcasting networks, regular and premium cable networks.

And the platform isn’t lagging behind genres either. The latest analysis published by Variety includes adult cartoons, documentaries, unscripted/alternative shows, drama, comedy, talk shows, and news. It’s worth noting that children’s shows were excluded from the number. But figures also include all films released on the platform including 30 movies with limited theatrical runs.

As for Netflix’s overseas market, just over a quarter of the 371 is produced. The platform shows no signs of slowing down as efforts to put out original content has paid off. It recently received 34 Golden Globe nominations this year. Over twice more than its nominations from 2018. On the other hand, broadcast television networks failed to garner any nominations from the Golden Globes for this year.

Ben Hornery
Ben Hornery
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.
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