Streaming Wars: Netflix Original vs. Amazon vs. Hulu


Original streaming content is now king in the entertainment wars. Currently, Netflix appears to be on top, with Amazon and Hulu seeking to dethrone the content provider by producing their own original shows to directly compete with each new Netflix original show that has been announced.

How the Content War Started

The streaming wars basically started as a battle for viewership. In the past, viewers turned to providers such as Netflix as a convenient way to stream their favorite movies and TV shows from the past. Streaming on Netflix, Amazon and Hulu become such a popular alternative to traditional network TV, that the platforms began to produce new seasons for shows that were canceled by network TV. “Arrested Development” and “The Killing” are two of several TV shows that were canceled by traditional networks to be later resurrected online, with Netflix ordering additional new episodes of each to air online.

No longer content with airing programs from the past, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu started to produce their own original programs to air on their platforms. “Lilyhammer” and the award-winning “House of Cards” were the first Netflix original programs, both premiering in February 2012. These hit shows were quickly followed by “Bad Samaritans,” “Hemlock Grove,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Turbo FAST” and “BoJack Horseman.”

Amazon and Hulu quickly joined the fray with their own original programs, which include Amazon’s “Alpha House” and Hulu’s “Battleground,” “The Awesomes,” and “East Los High.”

These online-only original series have begun to steal away awards that typically went to traditional networks in the past. “House of Cards,” for example, was nominated for 13 Primetime Emmy nominations in its second season, and was the first show that was broadcast online only to win such an award. All of this competition is good news for viewers, whether or not they chose to cut the cord on their cable subscription, or simply subscribe to one or more streaming services as a way to augment their entertainment options.

Upcoming New Original Series from Netflix, Amazon and Hulu

The following is an overview of some of the new original titles that that viewers can expect to see streaming in the next year or two.

Upcoming Netflix Originals

Recently it has been announced that Netflix has inked a deal for two seasons of a new series by Judd Apatow, producer of the hit comedy, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Entitled “Love, this new Netflix original show is expected to premiere in 2016, and will star Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust as a couple dealing with modern relationship issues.

Additional original series coming to Netflix in late 2014 and 2015 include an original drama based on the travels of “Marco Polo,” which is set to debut on December 12, 2014. “Between,” “Sense8” and “Narcos” are additional dramas set to premiere on Netflix in 2015, along with a new comedy, “Grace & Frankie.”

Netflix has also recently upped the ante in the original content war, announcing that it has reached a deal to release the sequel to hit movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” online. The sequel will be available for streaming at the same time that it is showing in IMAX theaters nationwide, on August 28, 2015.

Upcoming Amazon Originals

Amazon released all 10 episodes of its new original, “Transparent,” on September 26th. Since that time, the show has become Amazon Prime’s most binge watched program. Amazon has just announced that it has ordered a second season of this original, to premiere in 2015. The show starts Jeffrey Tambor as a Los Angeles father who has recently come out to his family that he has decided to begin the transition to becoming a woman.

Joining “Transparent” in the renewal department, the second season of Amazon Original, “Alpha House,” becomes available for streaming on October 24th.

Other Amazon originals that will have debuts in 2015 include a new mystery series with a science fiction twist, “The After,” from Chris Carter, creator of the X-Files. “Hand of God” is another Amazon original series that will begin streaming in 2015. This title stars Ron Perlman as a vigilante judge who suffers a breakdown. Later, the judge pursues a vendetta against the rapist that harmed his family. Amazon original “Red Oaks” is a coming-of-age sitcom that will also become available in 2015.

Upcoming Hulu Originals

While Hulu has produced original programming in the past, many of their original titles are not as well known as those produced by Netflix and Amazon. This will probably change, since it was recently announced that prolific Horror novelist Stephen King, and J.J. Abrams of “Lost” and “Fringe” fame, have agreed to team up to produce an original miniseries for Hulu that is based the Kennedy assassination and a high school teacher that travels back in time in an attempt to prevent Kennedy from being killed. So far, this is the only upcoming new original Hulu series to be announced. Once released, it will join original Hulu programs, such as “Hot Wives of Orlando,” “Deadbeat,” “Quick Draw” and “Moone Boy.”

What do you think of the new, upcoming original series that have been announced by Netflix, Amazon and Hulu? Will you be turning in to watch the new shows? Do you currently watch any of their original programs? What sort of original programs do you wish that these providers would produce? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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