You still have a few hours left with the weekend and what better way to wind down than a Netflix marathon?
If you are like many streamers using services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, you are probably seeking something new to marathon. If that is you, there is plenty new on Netflix this weekend.
Perhaps the most surprising hit of the last year was Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a comedy created by SNL and 30 Rock star Tina Fey. The show, which was initially created for and then rejected by NBC, features a now-grown woman who spent the previous 15 years trapped in an underground bunker after being kidnapped by a religious fanatic.
Netflix describes the Season 2 preview above this way.
“‘All that wasted mental energy has to go somewhere.’ It’s an epic NYC showdown in the making when Jacqueline meets former fellow-housewife, Deidre (Anna Camp).”
“Ellie Kemper stars as Kimmy Schmidt, a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York. After living in a cult for fifteen years, Kimmy decides to reclaim her life and start over in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers, and a couple of way-past-due library books, she’s ready to take on a world she didn’t even think existed anymore. Wide-eyed but resilient, nothing is going to stand in her way.”
In addition to Season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, another Season 2 premiere new to Netflix is How to Get Away With Murder. Decider quips, “Binge away, and pray that the police never have to check your streaming history.”
Another show new to Netflix is Season 3 of the Netflix original series Cuckoo. Decider describes the show this way.
“If you’re hooked on this quirky comedy about borderline deranged ex-cult followers and incest jokes, get excited. Netflix has now added Season Three to the service.”
Oregon Live notes the arrivals of more than new Netflix programs, with every Tuesday bringing new episodes of The Mindy Project to Hulu and Amazon Prime bringing Season 1 of the British television series Thunderbirds are a Go!
While the big names of Amazon, Hulu, and Amazon Prime drive much of the traffic in today’s streaming environment – at least much of the buzz among investors and users – others are up and coming. The Street looked at the other streaming services on the market and notes that many of them are publicly traded companies. Some, like CBS, are making a quiet play in the streaming market by offering live streaming of broadcast television on on-demand video, making it a broadcast hybrid model.
“As evidence that the company doesn’t discriminate on the basis of streaming service, CBS also offered Zoo on Netflix,” The Street said. “That deal reportedly earned CBS more cash than the deal it scored with Amazon. This points to the fact that streaming companies are hungry for content and will pay for it. Although CBS stock has been a roller coaster ride over the past year, it’s up almost 300% over a five-year period. In a market that’s taken a hit lately, it might be a good technical play as well.”
Two other companies mentioned in the article but not often associated with on-demand streaming video content are Facebook and Google. Facebook has recently launched Facebook Live for all users, not just celebrities, meaning your friend can create original content and pipe it to the world (or just their friends). And in the case of Google, the company already offers video content for rent and purchase through its Google Play marketplace. It also offers the Chromecast stick to stream your computer content on television. Whether either company picks up steam against Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime is yet to be seen.
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