Netflix, Amazon Plan to Double Original Shows as Competition Grows

Netflix is churning out content faster than ever before. A study by Ampere Analysis says the company has more than 250 new original shows planned, in addition to the 229 currently available on the platform.

Amazon is second, adding about the same number of new commissions in addition to its 105 existing original shows. Both platforms are nearly doubling their original catalogs, the study reports.

The push comes as DC Entertainment and Disney launch their own direct-to-consumer streaming services. DC Universe launched last week, and Disney's is planned for 2019. This means the future of licensing deals for their shows on Netflix, Amazon and Hulu are uncertain.

The report says Netflix is focusing on young-adult audiences, investing in comedy and sci-fi. 29 percent of Amazon's upcoming slate consists of drama programming, compared with Netflix's 17 percent.

YouTube and Facebook have 65 upcoming original titles. 27 percent of Apple's upcoming content is in the sci-fi genre, including Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories from Star Trek showrunner Ronald D. Moore.

Disney has announced 19 original shows, including a live-action Star Wars TV series with Jon Favreau at the helm. DC Universe has six new series in production set to release between now and 2019, all comic book adaptations, starting with Titans on October 12.

Netflix recently announced a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series, while Amazon now has rights to Lord of the Rings.

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