According to reports, Netflix may soon allow users to watch certain types of content live. The streaming platform is said to be considering adding a live-streaming option to allow it to stream stand-up shows and other live content. The feature could also allow Netflix to stream a reunion similar to the recent live real estate show Selling Sunset. We can also expect Netflix to take advantage of the feature to deliver more unscripted content, including shows that involve viewer votes.
According to Deadline’s report, the live-streaming feature could pave the way for more live comedy specials. Recall that Netflix hosted Netflix Is a Joke Fest in Los Angeles earlier this year, its first live and in-person comedy festival. While the streaming platform will air some of these shows later this month and in June, if Netflix brings Netflix Is a Joke Fest back next year, Netflix Live is said to give us the option to watch the event at home.
Many of us want to watch live sports on Netflix. However, the report did not specify if and when the option would roll out. Either way, the feature has attracted a lot of interest, mostly because of the recent F1 series Formula 1 survival.
The report comes as streaming service Disney+, one of Netflix’s biggest rivals, has made a foray into live streaming. In fact, it aired the 2022 Oscars in March, a major milestone for the service. Disney+ is also the new home of the dance competition series Dancing with the Stars.
While it’s unclear when we’ll get more details about the brand’s live-streaming plans, it’s pretty clear that Netflix is losing subscribers for the first time in nearly a decade. The company confirmed this during its most recent quarterly earnings call.
In fact, Netflix has already hinted at cracking down on password sharing and introducing a cheaper ad-supported option somewhere in the future to deal with the loss. While there is no official announcement, a recent report said they could be implemented by the end of the year.