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Netflix 2021: Yr in Assessment

netflix 2021 year in review

As we come to an in depth on 2021, we’re going to be doing a sequence of articles reflecting on the yr that was. On this first submit, we’re going to be trying on the shiny spots and unfavorable spots of the yr. 

It’s value noting from the offset that 2021 was very a lot not a traditional yr for a lot of the leisure trade. COVID-19 may be very a lot nonetheless with us and whereas Netflix isn’t uncovered as another corporations are, they actually have been nonetheless feeling the brunt of the pandemic on its productions. Simply in the previous couple of weeks, quite a lot of Netflix exhibits have been paused once more because of outbreaks on set.

So let’s check out a few of what I believed have been Netflix’s sturdy factors of 2021 and a few of their low factors too.

The Good: Animation on Netflix

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Arcane – Image: Netflix

Particular thumbs as much as Netflix’s animation in 2021 which is available in all sizes and shapes.

From different sequence such because the slew of titles from Chris Nee (Ridley Jones and Ada Twist, Scientist) to really progressive exhibits like Metropolis of Ghosts for the youngsters.

On the grownup aspect, there have been some nice titles within the area too most notably the extremely spectacular Arcane, it seems like Netflix is nailing its animated lineup.

That’s not even together with Netflix’s rising anime slate which has even been breaking out of the so-called Netflix Jail in latest months.

The film lineup has been equally spectacular in 2021.

Particular mentions to Netflix’s 2021 animated film lineup too headlined notably by three Sony Animation pickups within the type of Want Dragon, The Mitchells vs. the Machines, and Vivo.

Regardless of the massive funding and dividends in 2021, not one of the aforementioned titles have but to come back even near hitting the identical heights that CoComelon continues to. A real phenomenon.


The Good: Licensing Again in Enterprise?

The leisure trade has shifted over the previous decade and Netflix co-CEO has spoken on the file many instances about how they noticed the sea-change coming which is why they went headfirst into producing its personal content material.

That has meant TV and film libraries slowly being reclaimed again and Netflix opting to get out of first-window offers with studios. Whereas we’re not seeing a reversal of this by any stretch, Netflix has made a number of strikes that’s the reverse of the place they’ve been headed.

In the US, Netflix struck two main offers with studios in 2021 each of that are for motion pictures (is that this an indictment on Netflix’s personal film output – you resolve).

Probably the most fruitful of the 2 new offers will undoubtedly be Sony’s first window which begins in 2022. They’re additionally producing unique motion pictures for Netflix too.

The TV licensing aspect within the US continues to be spotty. ViacomCBS and NBC Common are nonetheless licensing titles to Netflix (ViacomCBS typically strategically solely licenses a restricted variety of seasons of a present within the hopes that folks leap over to Paramount+ in the long term) however Netflix is principally reliant on Sony Tv Photos for licensed programming nonetheless.

Elsewhere, licensing is usually nonetheless going sturdy. US sitcoms proceed to be commonplace on Netflix in most worldwide areas (main us to say that Netflix internationally is in a golden age) and film alternatives in worldwide areas are actually far superior to the film assortment current within the US.


The Good: Netflix High 10s

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Netflix High 10 Website

Netflix information has been notoriously onerous to get at. Up till now, we’ve at all times needed to depend on choose information bulletins from Netflix which have been utilizing the closely criticized 2-minute characteristic.

In a bid to get its information extra reflective of what others within the trade are doing (notably Nielsen) Netflix introduced a brand new prime 10 website which provides us prime 10 information for the previous week throughout the globe and maybe, extra importantly, offers us hourly information for the highest 40 titles that week in 4 respective classes.

It’s under no circumstances an ideal system and has loads of flaws however extra information is nice is our mantra and we hope to see it expanded over the approaching years.


Impartial: Netflix Gaming

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Rumors behind an enlargement into gaming have been on the playing cards for fairly a while. The enlargement was surrounded in thriller and partly due to this, when the primary wave of video games finally got here, they have been somewhat, underwhelming.

The present iteration of Netflix gaming is basically a hyperlink to your respective app retailer and a few primary authentication. The sport choice up to now is comparatively lackluster to say the least as effectively.

With that stated, we imagine gaming will play an necessary function and a number of the latest hires within the area recommend Netflix is taking it significantly.

In conclusion, there are simply method too many questions proper now concerning the efforts however we’re excited. Due to this fact, it’s method too early to move correct judgment on what Netflix Gaming is at this early stage.


Impartial however possibly Unhealthy: Netflix’s Content material Lineup for 2021

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Squid Sport – Image: Netflix

Total, 2021’s lineup has been very blended however with some notable shiny spots however on the entire quite a lot of hit or miss. We’ll dive into the numbers for 2021 when it comes to content material in one other article earlier than the yr is out.

Notably on the TV aspect, it seems like there’s been an emphasis positioned on sure genres equivalent to actuality and younger grownup. There have additionally been months with out enormous hits and maybe conversations about Netflix’s total lineup have maybe skewed by the discharge of Squid Sport in September.

One of many greatest lingering questions for us is with a few of Netflix’s greatest exhibits both having resulted in 2021 or are quickly to finish so the query is, is there sufficient coming down the pipeline to switch it? Does Netflix have a present to fill the Lucifer gap? A brand new present to fill the Cash Heist gap or the Ozark gap? We’re undecided.

Squid Sport took the world by storm nevertheless it’s value noting that the present may be very a lot an outlier to Netflix’s enormous library of different worldwide content material.

Netflix’s 2021 film slate was principally propped up by sturdy acquisitions together with the likes of the animated motion pictures talked about earlier. It undoubtedly obtained stronger in direction of the tail finish of the yr with a few of their award contenders however there’s loads of generic and uninspired cookie-cutter filler too all year long.

On the intense aspect, we’re at present very optimistic for 2022 with plenty of standout upcoming Originals.


The Unhealthy: Netflix’s Leaky Bucket

This yr highlighted greater than any earlier yr maybe how fickle Netflix’s Authentic lineup probably is.

The Netflix Authentic library has grown to over 2,600 titles however during the last yr, we’ve seen dozens of titles solely licensed in latest years depart the service.

Worst of all, many of the titles that do go away typically by no means discover new streaming houses which means they’re caught within the ether with no method of watching.

This, to us, continues to level out the inherent drawback with labeling all the things a Netflix Authentic. Prime Video is under no circumstances an ideal service however not less than differentiates between an Authentic and an Unique.

This opens up query marks as to how a lot of the library does Netflix really personal?


The Ugly: The Dave Chappelle Debacle

Dave Chappelle The Closer

On October fifth, the controversy floodgates opened as soon as once more with the discharge of one other Dave Chappelle particular referred to as The Nearer dropping onto the service across the globe.

As with a few of his different Netflix specials, Dave Chappelle addresses the trans-community and naturally, it causes a stir as soon as once more.

Whereas the talk round what Dave Chappelle stated and meant may be argued in both course, we particularly assume the way in which Netflix dealt with the scenario following the discharge actually left lots to be desired.

Whether or not it’s from the inner letters leaked, the general public suspensions of workers who spoke out (even the readability round that), and worst of all Ted Sarandos’s tone-deaf memo.

Netflix can and may make the case without spending a dime speech and giving its artists a voice (even when a minority or majority disagree with it) throughout the confines of the legislation however the way in which it dealt with this solely served so as to add gas to the hearth.

We may now segue into a number of the different baffling PR goofs in 2021 or moan typically about what info will get launched and when however that’s an article for one more day.


Different Common Ideas on Netflix in 2021

  • We regularly get requested who we predict is profitable or not less than doing the most effective to compete with Netflix. For 2021, that’s undoubtedly HBO Max who (rightly or wrongly) actually made its streaming service a go-to for followers of films with undertaking popcorn. They’ve additionally been in line with their new exhibits and their depth of library continues to be extremely spectacular. Their worldwide rollout and technical woes proceed to carry them again from really competing on the worldwide stage, nevertheless.
  • Netflix started competing in opposition to digital and print publications with the launch of Tudum (to not be confused with its fan occasion ran months earlier than the launch of the web site). It’s unclear what the final technique of the location appears to be going ahead and usually speaks to the confused advertising and marketing technique Netflix tends to pursue.
  • It’s been one of many greatest years ever for Netflix within the acquisitions area. The 2 massive acquisitions that caught our eyes in 2021 was the Roald Dahl library acquisition and the gaming studio Evening College Studio.
  • When it comes to expertise, Disney+ has been way more progressive in 2021 not less than with regards to shopper features. The introduction of IMAX enhanced may be very a lot on our wishlist.

So there are our ideas on Netflix’s 2021? What did you assume have been Netflix’s sturdy factors or weak factors this yr? Tell us down within the feedback.

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