Netflix has put a halt on all new productions for the time being in compliance with the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing due to COVID-19 concerns. Popular original shows like Stranger Things 4, and The Witcher have been stopped in their tracks with no definite date to return to production. This has led to speculation over whether Netflix can keep subscribers entertained for the foreseeable future.
But rest assured. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos recently told CNN the streaming service already has enough new content that’s completed production to last a few months.
“What’s happening now is we work pretty far ahead. We deliver all of our shows with all the episodes at once,” Sarandos said in response to the possibility of Netflix running out of new content. “So we’re pretty far ahead, so we don’t see any disruption in our output over the next few months. You know, maybe later in the year if this progresses longer we’ll start feeling some of that as the production side isn’t operating.”
On a relatable note, Netflix is utilizing virtual meetings to keep things running as smoothly as possible, even holding table reads via video conferencing. Production crews who are out of work are being paid a two-weeks salary as of now, and all employees are working from home for the foreseeable future.
“So we’re really trying to keep things as ‘business as usual’ as we can in a time of great uncertainty for people,” Sarandos added. “We hope this brings them some economic comfort, if not some emotional comfort.”
With more people staying home worldwide, streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu have seen major surges in viewership from people looking for entertainment within their own homes. Netflix has even reduced streaming quality for Europe and is open to doing the same for the US to ease internet congestion. The best-case scenario is Netflix and other streaming services have enough content in the pipeline to keep new releases coming to outlast the coronavirus pandemic. But if this unprecedented lockdown lasts much longer than anticipated, you might be stuck watching a lot of reruns.
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