While the usual suspects in the TV world are scrambling for viewers and resisting the move to a higher than HD delivery format, online juggernauts like Netflix have replaced even the cinema experience as the place for thought provoking dramas for adults. Netflix, or the new home for “HBO style” top quality original series, recently revealed their plans and schedule for the next year and a half up to end of 2016. The streaming giant has already embraced the future delivery format of Ultra High-Definition by streaming all episodes of the now cult classic “Breaking Bad” and the second season of “House of Cards” (currently my favourite original series; seriously see it if you haven’t) in UHD, and they are not showing any signs of slowing down.
The company announced way back in early 2014, that it will be acquiring all its future shows in 4K, thus mastering for UltraHD delivery. So far the strategy is paying off with more than a dozen original series and a couple of original feature films slated for the next 18 months, Netflix is really going all guns blazing into 4K, and that’s a good thing for everyone. Even if you don’t own a 4K TV yet (I don’t own one… yet) chances are the abundance of such content will drive the prices of 4K TV sets down and serve as a good testing ground for terrestrial cable to see the light and embrace the inevitable.
One of the new upcoming original series is “Narcos”, with all episodes premiering on August 28th. “Narcos” is a high-powered crime drama focusing on notorious Colombian drug lord from the early 80’s Pablo Escobar. See the trailer below.
As of July 31st, you can check out all episode of the new Original Series: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp with Janeane Garofalo and Paul Rudd streaming in UltraHD. The show is concentrated around the “goings on of the campers and counselors on their first day at Camp Firewood in 1981.”
The release schedule recently released, is not all encompassing and some of the release dates, especially those towards the end of 2015 and going into 2016, are not a bit fuzzy and not definite, but there is a chance for Marvel fans to see Jessica Jones series before the end of 2015, even though there is a chance its release may get pushed to 2016.
Oddly enough, Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 and the mighty House of Cards Season 4, are somehow absent from the schedule, but worry not, those will surely be returning and broadcast in Ultra HD pending the world’s end of course (given the wildly positive reviews and ratings of predecessor seasons of both shows).
Another show to be released in 4K in 2016 will be Flaked, an eight-episode comedy series written by and starring Will Arnett, along with Fuller House, a 13-episode family comedy starring Candace Cameron Bure. The Get Down, created by Baz Luhrmann, follows the exploits of a group of teenagers from the Bronx trying to make it big in the early years of hip hop, is slated for 13-episodes and scheduled for a 4K launch in 2016.
What do you guys think of Netflix’s all episodes at one go release model? What’s the latest show you’ve binge watched on Netflix? Let us know in the comments.
To get the full scoop and see all slated shows so far head over to the full release schedule here.
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