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‘Stop the binge model’: Fans Cry Foul after Netflix Boss Admits They Only Cancel Shows That “Talk to a Very Small Audience on a Very Big Budget”

'Stop the binge model': Fans Cry Foul after Netflix Boss Admits They Only Cancel Shows That "Talk to a Very Small Audience on a Very Big Budget"

After Reed Hastings left his post as CEO of the biggest streaming platform, his apprentices Greg Peters and Ted Sarandos were made the co-CEOs of the company. The duo is faced with numerous challenges every day, yet they took out some time to talk in-depth about their new roles, business, and which direction will they take their company.

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Sarandos and Peters said if not for Netflix, the Korean Drama Squid Game could never become so popular within 30 hours of release. Squid Game was watched all over the world, but it wasn’t the same for shows like Ginny and Georgia. The co-CEOs are confident that they will continue to survive and thrive in a highly competitive market.

Ted Sarandos explains how and why shows are canceled

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Netflix was heavily criticized on Twitter for canceling good shows like 1899, Inside Job, and Warrior Nun among others. When the new co-CEOs were asked about it, they gave logical explanations as to why and how they cancel shows. He confirmed that Netflix has never canceled any successful show, but it seems that the streaming platform defines success differently.

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Sarandos explains the metric on which they cancel shows. He said,

“We have never canceled a successful show. A lot of these shows were well-intended but talk to a very small audience on a very big budget. The key to it is you have to be able to talk to a small audience on a small budget and a large audience at a large budget. If you do that well, you can do that forever.”

1899 was shot on a budget of approximately 62 million dollars and according to third-party analytics, only 32 percent of Netflix users watched the finale of 1899. Whereas Korean dramas are being watched by 60 percent of Netflix users.

Related: ‘Now save Warrion Nun, 1899’: Netflix Officially Renewing Wednesday for Season 2 Ignites Fan Debate To Resurrect Two Criminally Underrated Netflix Shows

Fans believe that Netflix should give shows more time and opt out of the binge model

Many on Twitter did not agree with this model and criticized the co-CEOs binge model which relies heavily on making a profit. They feel that Netflix should give time for good shows to develop an audience. The netizens gave their feedback, claiming that a streaming platform as huge as Netflix should not hesitate from catering to the smaller groups. The minority could also mean marginalized groups which relate to the shows and films. This should be a window for the streaming giant to reach out to the minority instead they just canceling the show.

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Even though numbers might not have been in favor of 1899, it got very popular on the internet. Some point out how Football, holidays, and shows like Emily in Paris were a distraction. If the suits at Netflix gave some time to 1899, it could have gained more audience and picked up the pace.

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Many agree that the binge model works for some shows, case in point Emily in Paris, Brooklyn99, Wednesday, etc. But more serious shows like Dark, and Stranger Things, should be released on a weekly basis. It would give some breathing time to the audience and create excitement for the show like Hotstar released House of Dragon weekly, which resulted in audiences gradually accepting the show after the disastrous ending of GOT.

1899 is streaming on Netflix.

Source: Bloomberg

Written by Pragya Sancheti

Movies are a life saver for me, anything goes wrong in my life I turn to movies. Writing about movies is my second favorite thing. Currently a college student with big aspirations and a ton of assignment.