There are growing signs that a major shift is taking place at the largest streaming site . A looming Netflix password-sharing crackdown, the launch of an ad-supported tier, price increases, and fan-favorite shows canceled right and left — it’s led to something of a backlash from not only Netflix subscribers. The company has been praised by analysts and media for years. But that’s not all.
The way you view some Netflix shows could also change soon. You will be able to view some of these shows live.
The streamer is apparently exploring live streaming as a possibility for the first time. Such a move would open up the possibility of, say, people coalescing around unscripted reality shows the way The Bachelor’s legions of fans do each week. My immediate reaction to this news was to wonder if it would also open up Netflix for other opportunities. To let Netflix eventually have a piece of the largest apple of all: Live sports streaming.
Live Netflix shows coming soon
As our sister publication Deadline reported on Friday, Netflix has confirmed it’s in the process of rolling out live streaming for its unscripted shows and standup comedy specials, to start.
Competition programs would be among the first to receive this live-streaming treatment by Netflix. This would allow people to vote for a winner. This has the added benefit of attracting people to a Netflix series. Reunion specials for some of the reality shows could also be live-streamed a la The Bachelor’s “After the Final Rose” special.
One of Netflix’s most beloved reality series, Selling sunset , featured a reunion special in its fifth season.
Also worth mentioning: A huge reality show from broadcast TV, Dancing With the Stars, is moving to the streamer that’s perhaps Netflix’s biggest competition at the moment, Disney Plus.
Big updates at Netflix
There’s no indication that Netflix will start streaming live Netflix shows. It is interesting that Netflix is even considering this. This comes at a time when the company is reconsidering almost every facet o