View Finder: Netflix targets 50% originals, Black Mirror, Transparent, Easy, Longmire

Angus Kidman 22 September 2016 NEWS


All the latest news from streaming and TV, plus the pick of new shows this weekend.

Netflix planning for 50% original programming

So here's an interesting thought: Netflix's CFO David Wells has told an industry conference the company's long-term ambition is for 50% of its content to be original programming, rather than movies and TV shows licensed from others. Right now, he estimates the company is perhaps halfway towards that goal. That's potentially good news for Australian viewers, since many of the shows that Netflix has licensed from others aren't available in Australia.

Wells also noted that outside the US, the aim is to have 20% "local programming". Given that Netflix is yet to commission any shows of its own locally, that's going to mean picking up a lot more shows from ABC, SBS and the commercial networks.

Elsewhere in the Netflix universe, the third season of Charlie Brooker's excellent anthology series Black Mirror now has an official launch date. Six episodes will become available on 21 October, with a further six at a later date, yet to be confirmed. Check out the teaser trailer below:

Key new shows and movies this weekend

While you'll be waiting a few weeks for Black Mirror, another anthology series from Netflix, Easy, makes its official debut on 22 September. There are eight episodes in the Chicago-set show:

Netflix also debuts the fifth series of crime drama Longmire on 23 September. It picked up the show for season four after original broadcaster A&E dropped it. Other new material on Netflix the same day includes stand-up special Iliza Shlesinger: Confirmed Kills and documentary Audrie & Daisy.

Stan serves up Season 3 of Transparent on 24 September, which is handy timing given Jeffrey Tambor's Emmy win for the show earlier this week. Parts 1 and 2 of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay also show up this weekend on Stan.

On Presto, you'll undoubtedly want to catch the Mr Robot season finale.

For the full picture of what's arrived on Australian streaming services this month, check out our guide to what's new on Netflix, Stan and Presto in September.

Each week, View Finder rounds up the latest news in streaming TV and movies for Australians.

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