Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Netflix Proves More Viewers Want to Call the Shots

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Netflix Proves More Viewers Want to Call the Shots

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Anyone who needed even more evidence of Netflix's TV dominance got it recently when the service announced it now has more than 62 million subscribers in more than 50 countries, causing stock in the company to skyrocket.

The number of subscribers Netflix added during the first quarter of this year - 4.9 million - was a record as well.

What's drawing viewers? In addition to a library of movies and TV shows, Netflix is producing high-caliber original content. Programs such as "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black" have dominated the pop culture conversation since they debuted. Netflix also became the first production company to win a major Emmy for a series ("House of Cards," in 2013) distributed online-only.

The future only looks brighter. Netflix scored again with favorable reception to its 2015 shows, the quirky "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (produced by Tina Fey), and "Daredevil," which debuted in April. For "Daredevil," Netflix partnered with Marvel to release four shows, each focusing on a member of the superhero team the Defenders. …

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