Netflix Takes A Careful Step Back
The popular online streaming service has suspended production for all of its original content in the wake of the coronavirus. For a hiatus period of two weeks, all the scripted shows being produced and published by Netflix will be put on hold. This includes all generated content being filmed in the U.S., and Canada will have to be put on hold for a bit.
This is following suit as movie theaters and film releases are closing up and delaying initial release dates because of the pandemic.
One of the service’s most well-known shows, Stranger Things, is one of the big ones to have announced a halt in production. The show is currently filming its fourth season.
All shows and movies that are expected to be released through Netflix aren’t the only ones being struck with this unfortunate event. Warner Bros. television shows are meeting similar circumstances in the midst of all this, and Disney TV studios are taking a small and cautious break from their film productions of The Little Mermaid remake, The Last Duel with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck – with direction from Ridley Scott, the new Peter Pan movie, and others that have been shuttered.
Also, live shows such as The Ellen Show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will have to pause as well. However, there is talk about filming the shows without a live audience – a nonetheless essential aspect to the live TV show experience.
However, on the other hand, Netflix doesn’t seem to intend to stop the actual streaming service from showcasing already published shows and movies. If the hiatus goes on two weeks or more, at least Netflix consumers will have plenty of time to catch up on all the content they’ve been missing out on.
There’s no telling what other streaming services will suspend production. After the streaming giant that is Netflix, it can only be assumed that more services will follow in their protective precautions.