HBO better watch their backs - Netflix produced more original programming than the HBO team did, according to numbers provided by both companies. Netflix is adding even more as well, even if that means there may be fewer people to watch them thanks to price increases.
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Since 2013 and the debut of "House of Cards," Netflix has been developing many top rated shows. Last year, they produced 450 hours of original programming. HBO only released 401. Next year they are both aiming for 600 hours.
HBO and Netflix have often been compared because Reed Hastings specifically said that Netflix was modelled after HBO at the start, before it went toward streaming TV shows and movies. Ted Sarandos even said that the goal of Netflix was "to become HBO faster than HBO can become us."
Netflix is now aiming to move into "an entirely different and supreme league" according to insider information. They want to become the first global network for original shows and movies.
Amazon and Hulu are trying to catch up and create content, though only Amazon is really competing, as it won more Emmy awards last year than the rivals.
Original programming isn't cheap, and Netflix spent nearly $10.9 billion last year, though it is unknown how much of that went towards original series. Still, one can assume it was a lot.
Amazon has a record 81.5 million subscribers, gaining 33 million of that since they started producing original content, according to ABC News.
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Of course, there is some worry that the increase in price of the service will cause some subscribers to cancel.