Netflix is the new HBO


Some of the cast of “Orange is the New Black” via Instagram

Maybe not yet, but I couldn’t resist the play on words with “Orange is the New Black.”

HBO is a very popular television network. Since it is a separate, paid for channel, there are a lot less rules. Things like some nudity and cussing are allowed, which you would never see on prime time TV. Since Netflix isn’t a TV channel, they are able to get away with that as well.

Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, said in a GQ interview this year that Netflix’s goal “is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us.”

It was just reported that more people in the U.S. pay to stream movies through Netflix each month than they do HBO. These numbers are a bit off for actual viewers, however, because so many people share subscriptions for both HBO and Netflix.

Netflix has more than 40 million streaming customers around the world. They just released a letter to shareholders stating that 29.93 million people in the US. currently pay $7.99 every month to stream through Netflix. The previous quarter’s results were 28.62 million. HBO doesn’t release the exact number of subscribers they have, but a media analysis firm, SNL Kagan put their numbers at about 28.7 million.

Netflix is doing a good job at “becoming HBO” so far. Hit Netflix originals like “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards” have been widely successful. Netflix even stated that “‘Orange is the New Black’ will end the year as our most watched original series ever…and enjoys an audience comparable with successful shows on cable and broadcast TV.” Last month, they were nominated for 14 Emmy awards and won 3 for their original series. HBO on the other hand, was nominated for 108 and took home 27 (4 of which were from HBO’s hit show, “Girls”).

Do you watch both HBO and Netflix? Do you think one can take over the other?

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