Netflix Is Now Creating More Original Content Per Year Than The Entire TV Industry Did 14 Years Ago

A few years ago Netflix decided to pour almost all its energy into original content, and it's hard to argue with the decision, as several of those original shows have caught on with audiences and helped the streaming service grow their subscriber base without relying on licenses or other companies. A new report from Variety actually puts into perspective just how many shows Netflix produced in 2019, and it was enough to surpass the total TV output for 2005.

Netflix produced a total of 371 new shows in 2019, which averaged out to over one new original show or movie for every day in 2019. Not only is this an increase from the 250 shows they produced in 2018, but it was enough to leave the total TV number for 2005 in the dust.

In 2005 the TV industry produced 292 shows, so Netflix has already surpassed it by quite a bit. If the pattern holds true, according to the below chart Netflix will surpass 2006's 436 total shows in the next year or two.

You can check out the full chart above.

That output is beyond impressive, but the formula is paying off, and with the continued competition from HBO Max, Peacock, and Disney+, it is probably the only real way that Netflix can make sure it continues to gain ground and not lose any.

You can find the official description for Netflix's newest series The Witcher below, and you can check out my full review right here!

“Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts,” Netflix said. “But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.”

Henry Cavill (Geralt of Rivia), Anya Chalotra (Yennefer), Freya Allan (Ciri), Jodhi May (Calanthe), Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Eist), Adam Levy (Mousesack), MyAnna Buring (Tissaia), Mimi Ndiweni (Fringilla), Therica Wilson-Read (Sabrina), Emma Appleton (Renfri), Eamon Farren (Cahir), Joey Batey (Jaskier), Lars Mikkelsen (Stregobor), Royce Pierreson (Istredd), Maciej Musiał (Sir Lazlo), Wilson Radjou-Pujalte (Dara), and Anna Shaffer as Triss.

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