Broadcasters aren't succumbing to Netflix era

phys.org | 2/27/2019 | Staff
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If there is a high point to Netflix's status as the "cool kids" taking over television, it may be remembered as an emotional Chuck Lorre accepting a best comedy Golden Globe last month for "The Kominsky Method," his show on the streaming service.

Lorre is one of the most successful comedy producers in TV history, with an estimated net worth of more than $600 million after producing shows including "The Big Bang Theory," ''Two and a Half Men" and "Mom" for CBS. Yet he'd never won an Emmy or Golden Globe, and odds are he still wouldn't if "The Kominsky Method" had been on broadcast TV and with a more mundane actor than Michael Douglas.

Humbling - Moment - Leaders - TV - Networks

Despite the humbling moment, leaders of traditional TV networks insist they're fighting back, and may even sense an opening. Their very survival may depend upon it.

"I think it has created an opportunity for us to say we're providing a unique platform," said Paul Telegdy, co-chairman of NBC entertainment with George Cheeks.

Experts - Wind - Place - Netflix - Amazon

Many experts would see that as whistling into the wind, because isn't streaming the place to be? Netflix, Amazon, Hulu have seemingly bottomless wallets and a stranglehold on how a new generation wants to consume television. For the first time ever, streaming services made more scripted shows than either broadcast or cable networks last year. Big-name producers Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, and even Barack and Michelle Obama, have agreed to make shows for Netflix.

Streaming feels like the future, while CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox evoke a time when you needed to get off the couch to switch channels, and maybe adjust the rabbit ears for better reception.

Ratings - Fraction - Glory - Days - Monopoly

Even with ratings a fraction of what they were in the glory days of monopoly, the broadcast networks say their chief advantage is the opportunity to offer creators a large...
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