Netflix is making big additions to its kids’ line-up, and has announced orders for seven original series that include shows based on Lego Group’s Bionicle and Friends toy lines and a sitcom based on DreamWorks Animation’s movie The Croods. With the new additions, Netflix’s kids originals line-up now hits 35.
Adding shows for kids and teens
The video-streaming giant is also adding shows for tweens and teens including a live-action show Lost & Found Music Studios, Buddy Thunderstruck (an action-comedy), anime-inspired Glitter Force and Las Leyendas (The Legends), which is the first-ever original animated series produced in Latin America.
Netflix director of global kids’ content, Andy Yeatman, said, “Roughly half of our 65 million members around the world regularly watch kids’ content and with the addition of these seven diverse original series, we are continuing our strong investment in kids programming.”
For the subscription VOD segment, children’s programming is a key category, and is preferred by parents as well since there are no ads. Netflix’s kidvid content deals include a broad pact with Disney, under which the streaming firm will have pay-TV window rights to all live-action and animated feature films starting next year.
The Flash, Arrow on Netflix
Apart from the original series, the first season of The Flash is also heading to Netflix this month. On October 6, Netflix will be streaming the season, according to Den of Geek, and coincidentally, Season 2 is set to premiere on the same date. Netflix usually follows the practice of airing a show just prior to the new season, as there is usually a time gap between the release of the last season’s DVD and when it becomes available for streaming on Netflix.
Netflix will also stream Season 1 and 2 of Arrow, whose Season 4 is set to premiere on October 7. Unlike The Flash, Arrow fans will have sufficient time to catch up, though it would admittedly require a good bit of binge watching.
Along with expanding the content, the streaming firm is adding more markets. A few days ago, the company announced it was launching services in three more European markets; Spain, Portugal, and Italy, by the third week of October.
As of 9.40 am EDT Friday, Netflix shares were down 2.86% at $102.95. Year to date, the stock is up over 109% while over the last year, shares are up almost 60%.