Yahoo! want to take on Netflix, and they’re doing it with comedy
Yahoo have just announced that they will be jumping on the ‘let’s make our own TV show!’ bandwagon and will be making two original TV series, which will only be available on their website and mobile app. This seems like the worst kind of trendy-beard-scratching-corporate-bullshit, but remember when Netflix first made a TV series? You don’t? That’s because it was fucking ages ago and now it doesn’t seem strange at all. When Netflix made House of Cards, everyone was like ‘Huh? But they just bring the programmes, they can’t make them! This is madness!’ And then it was really bloody good and everyone shut up and just watched it.
Only time will tell if Yahoo can pull this off. The two original series will be comedies, Other Space and Sin City Saints. Already I have low expectations – those are distinctly dubious titles. I suspect the kind of over-thinking production meetings that churn something over and over until a good idea becomes an unrecognisable mush. Like a steak sandwich smoothie of imminent failure.
At the same time, internet giants are getting all cosy with TV networks. HBO and Amazon have agreed a partnership that will allow American customers to stream HBO shows, like The Sopranos, through Amazon’s streaming service, Amazon Prime. Netflix have announced a deal with Verizon, which, in short, will allow Verizon customers faster streaming whilst every other sucker is forced to stare gormlessly the endless spinning loading circle of misery. I’m not sure there’s any kind of conspiracy afoot, though. People like to watch TV shows and big companies like money.
Gamers can get in on the action too because Microsoft and Sony don’t want to be left out. Two sci-fi series – Halo, a live action series based on the successful games, and Humans – will be launching in the coming months on the Xbox Live service. Meanwhile, Sony is currently working on a detective series, Powers, exclusively for the PlayStation Network.
Where will it end? A Facebook soap opera? A Pinterest hospital drama? Your guesses welcome in the comments…