Will Netflix Win The Streaming Wars This Fall?

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Zack Snyder on the set of 'Army of the Dead'
With nothing in production and resistance to online releases, Netflix is about to strike a major blow to movie studios and streamers. 

When we look back on 2020, we're going to call it a lost year for many of us. Work stopped, times were very hard, and we lost people we knew and loved. In Hollywood, it truly became the year without movies. 

At this point, you have to assume that the rest of 2020 will play out without major films hitting theaters... unless there's a miracle vaccine that can be mass-produced and distributed by November. 

Even in best-case scenarios that seems like more of a January 2021 possibility. 

So is anyone benefitting from the scenario? 

Yeah, Netflix. 

Sure, on the surface Netflix is winning simply because we are all at home streaming things. That's a given. But when it comes to the streaming wars, it's about to jump to the head of the class thanks to foresight that no other company had. 

See, Netflix has spent the last 5 years accumulating original content. It made its name letting filmmakers have final cut and pushing a diverse array of content targeted at every possible demographic. And now, going into a fall without movies...

Netflix has movies. 

And not just small movies, it has the new David Fincher, new Ron Howard based on a #1 bestseller, a new Zach Snyder zombie epic, and even the new Aaron Sorkin movie many consider to be the frontrunner for this year's Academy Awards, especially with the lack of available content. 

Not to mention sequels to in-house success stories The Christmas ChroniclesThe Princess Switch, and The Babysitter.

Yes, in a year where February's Bad Boys 3 looks to be the box office king, Netflix is about to take huge strides and take over. It's hard to imagine any other streamer being in such a perfect situation. While other services can load up the content of previously released material, they do not have the dearth of fun and acclaimed projects Netflix is ready to roll out on schedule. 

Just check out this list! 

Netflix's Lineup

  • I’m Thinking of Ending Things
  • The Devil All The Time
  • Welcome to Sudden Death
  • Enola Holmes
  • Mank
  • Hillbilly Elegy
  • Jingle Jangle
  • Robin Robin
  • The Christmas Chronicles 2
  • The Princess Switch: Switched Again
  • Army of the Dead
  • Christmas on the Square
  • His House
  • Hubie Halloween
  • Over the Moon
  • Rebecca
  • The Babysitter 2: Killer Queen
  • The Boys in the Band
  • The Dig
  • The Prom
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • There’s Someone Inside Your House

Which Netflix title are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments.     

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I suspect most of those projects had largely completed filming by the time covid hit and the remainder of the work was done remotely. Depending on the leadtime of these projects we will see a dryspell in a few months from all the planned releases that got cut in march. Since its fun to predict the future, I wonder if this time of shut down is currently producing creative scripts from people who have nothing to do and we will see a bit of a creativity boom once things re-open. OR, if we will see an uptick in animated content since much more of that can be done remotely.

July 24, 2020 at 11:33AM

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I think you might be guessing the future right.
Netflix can release stuff now.
That will come to an end.
Once theatres open again: movies will be released.
Depending on the production gap those movies may or may not have competition from new Netflix releases at that time.

July 27, 2020 at 2:44AM

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WalterBrokx
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Waiting for the fellas from Thailand or Vietnam or whatever to spam the comments with their "hi", "ok" and "hello"...

July 24, 2020 at 3:08PM

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DingDong
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With nothing in production and resistance to online releases, Netflix is about to strike a major blow to movie studios and streamers. (lol)

July 24, 2020 at 7:16PM

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geoff webb
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I see what you did here :-p

July 27, 2020 at 2:40AM

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WalterBrokx
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