View Finder: Comedians in cars getting cheques from Netflix
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|
|6||Legends of Tomorrow S02E01||14/10/2016|
|0||Legends of Tomorrow S02E02||21/10/2016|
|13||Legends of Tomorrow S02E03||28/10/2016|
|17||Legends of Tomorrow S02E04||04/11/2016|
|20||Legends of Tomorrow S02E05||11/11/2016|
|24||Legends of Tomorrow S02E06||18/11/2016|
|30||Legends of Tomorrow S02E07||02/12/2016|
|33||Legends of Tomorrow S02E08||09/12/2016|
Each week, View Finder rounds up the latest news in streaming TV and movies for Australians.