Netflix CEO Vows to Spend Even More on Content
"We plan on taking spend up quite a bit," he said on Wednesday at the New York event. "We're growing and investing around the world. We've been strong in series. Now we're getting really strong in movies."
The remarks show how competitive the streaming industry is becoming, with media giants all diving into the market with their own services. AT&T will be offering 10,000 hours of programming with its HBO Max platform, due next year. A new Walt Disney Co service due this month will feature dozens of new original programmes, on top of the hundreds of titles in the company's library. And Apple Inc is spending billions of dollars just on new series for its service, Apple TV+, which rolled out last week. Bloomberg
Netflix remains the industry leader, but it's facing more pressure than ever before. Hastings said he expects to learn a thing or two from his rivals.
"We admire the heck out" out of Disney, he said. "They're the one we have the most to learn from."
Netflix has come under fire from Hollywood traditionalists for not respecting the industry's theatrical windows -- the timeframe when a movie plays at cinemas before going to home video. Hastings said he expects such windows to disappear altogether.
Theaters will be like restaurants, he said: "A going-out experience."
There's also plenty of room for Netflix to expand into new categories, Hastings said.
"A big thrust for us is animated and next year we've got the beginnings of a great animation slate, so we're investing heavily there," he said. "Unscripted -- we're doing more and more. So we've got a long way to go, especially on a global basis."
But when asked if Netflix would start making the kind of megabudget Hollywood movies that pack theaters in the summer, Hastings didn't give a direct answer.
"We'll continue to push the envelope," he said.