The second season of the hit comedy-drama ‘Orange is the New Black’ launches on Netflix today. With a third season already commissioned, it marks the latest in a successful run of original programming for the streaming service, including the Kevin Spacey fronted drama ‘House of Cards’, the supernatural thriller ‘Hemlock Grove’ and the fourth season of hit comedy ‘Arrested Development’.
Consumers are now looking to a range of delivery platforms for their entertainment and a number of new players have some major programming initiatives in the pipeline.
Amazon released the positively-received political comedy ‘Alpha House’ on its Prime Instant Video service last year following a number of pilot projects created by the company’s own production division, Amazon Studios. Forthcoming series include a revival of BBC1’s ‘Ripper Street’.
Microsoft’s Xbox Live developed from an online multiplayer gaming service to a digital media delivery service when it began streaming programming in 2011. ‘Halo’, a TV series based on the computer game of the same name will launch on the Xbox Live network next year and with Steven Spielberg as executive producer, this is a highly anticipated programming event. The platform has twelve more original series in development.
Sony will also bring original programming to its Playstation platform with the drama ‘Powers’. Adapted from the hit graphic novel, it follows the adventures of two detectives investigating the crimes of people with superhero-like abilities.. The show is being produced by Sony Pictures TV.
Yahoo! unveiled its first-ever full-length scripted programmes at its Digital Content NewFronts presentation last month, naming established Hollywood veteran Paul Feig, the writer-producer behind NBC’s critically acclaimed ‘Freaks & Geeks’ and director of hit film Bridesmaids as executive producer of ‘Other Space’, a new sci-fi themed comedy.