View Finder: Comedians in cars getting cheques from Netflix

Nick Broughall 20 January 2017 NEWS

seinfeld in car getting coffee with elaine

What is the deal with programs jumping streaming platforms? I guess Netflix had to spend some of that new money on something...

Jerry Seinfeld's criminally underviewed and excessively titled Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is all set to get a massive audience boost later this year. This week it was announced that Seinfeld would bring all 59 episodes of the show from Sony's stunningly awkward streaming platform Crackle to the global Netflix juggernaut.

Not only that, but later this year we'll get another 24 episodes of new episodes of the show (though who knows if it will be delivered in Netflix's typical binge-fashion), and Jerry will also record two exclusive stand-up performances for the platform, as well as develop other shows. Of course, Netflix doesn't get Seinfeld, what with that being a Stan exclusive and all.

Obviously, Netflix is expecting to turn Seinfeld's presence into gold, Jerry, gold, but this is also a pretty solid nail in the coffin of Crackle's existence. Despite being a fairly global player, Crackle never managed to master the art of actually working for me, and never really had a content offering worth considering (beyond Seinfeld's show).

Still, Netflix is going from strength to strength at the moment, which was confirmed this week as the company announced its financials from the fourth quarter of 2016. The company signed up a whopping 7.1 million new subscribers globally, smashing the anticipated number of 5.2 million out of the park. With those kinds of numbers, it's hardly a surprise that Amazon decided to go global late last year, is it?

The Q4 announcement also came with word that the streaming giant is planning on splashing out US$2 billion in negative free cash flow over the next year, in order to ramp up its original series. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there's no indication of how much of that will be heading Jerry Seinfeld's way.

Original content galore

I feel sorry for writers who exclusively cover the latest television – there's just so much good content being made at the moment, trying to stay on top of it all is more than a full-time job. This week, the announcements have been coming thick and fast from all the major providers.

Netflix has confirmed the launch date of its Drew Barrymore undead comedy Santa Clarita Diet, alongside the above trailer for the show. You'll be able to watch Barrymore eating people and selling real estate from 3 February.

If movies are more your thing, Netflix has also dated its original film The Discovery for 31 March.

Stan meanwhile is celebrating the return of Better Call Saul season 3 from April 11. And of course, Twin Peaks is coming.

And on the Amazon Prime Video front, the news that Neil Gaiman is bringing an adaptation of the book he wrote with the late Terry Pratchett, Good Omens, to the streaming service as a six-part miniseries in 2018. Hopefully, it launches at the same time globally, because even a month after launch, Prime Video is looking pretty sparse here in Australia.

Get streaming this week

I've been holding off kickstarting Netflix's Series of Unfortunate Events until I get the kids reading the books, but I did start on this season's collection of DC Superhero shows from the CW network in the US. With four shows running concurrently, it can be a bit of a mess to work out what order you should watch them, especially when they do a four-episode crossover storyline midway through the season.

If you're anything like me and like to be both a completist and a bit pedantic about viewing order, here's a handy little table to show you the order that this year's DC hero shows have aired. All shows are shown on Foxtel Now, though if you want to binge watch, you're out of luck (unless you recorded on Foxtel), as Foxtel's Anytime function only offers Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow (Seasons 1-4 of Arrow are on Netflix and the first two seasons of The Flash are on Stan).

This raises a whole other debate around the international distribution of rights, but let's leave that for another week, shall we?

Viewing order Show / Episode Airdate
1 Flash S03E01 05/10/2016
2 Arrow S05E01 06/10/2016
3 Supergirl S02E01 11/10/2016
4 Flash S03E02 12/10/2016
5 Arrow S05E02 13/10/2016
6 Legends of Tomorrow S02E01 14/10/2016
7 Supergirl S02E02 18/10/2016
8 Flash S03E03 19/10/2016
9 Arrow S05E03 20/10/2016
0 Legends of Tomorrow S02E02 21/10/2016
10 Supergirl S02E03 25/10/2016
11 Flash S03E04 26/10/2016
12 Arrow S05E04 27/10/2016
13 Legends of Tomorrow S02E03 28/10/2016
14 Supergirl S02E04 01/11/2016
15 Flash S03E05 02/11/2016
16 Arrow S05E05 03/11/2016
17 Legends of Tomorrow S02E04 04/11/2016
18 Supergirl S02E05 08/11/2016
19 Arrow S05E06 10/11/2016
20 Legends of Tomorrow S02E05 11/11/2016
21 Supergirl S02E06 15/11/2016
22 Flash S03E06 16/11/2016
23 Arrow S05E07 17/11/2016
24 Legends of Tomorrow S02E06 18/11/2016
25 Supergirl S02E07 22/11/2016
26 Flash S03E07 23/11/2016
27 Supergirl S02E08 29/11/2016
28 Flash S03E08 30/11/2016
29 Arrow S05E08 01/12/2016
30 Legends of Tomorrow S02E07 02/12/2016
31 Flash S03E09 07/12/2016
32 Arrow S05E09 08/12/2016
33 Legends of Tomorrow S02E08 09/12/2016

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