With the release of 20 original shows this year, Netflix has become a bona fide TV network and with films like Beasts of No Nation and The Ridiculous Six, it is looking to become a substantial movie production studio as well. Still all of that success doesn't come without its problems, especially since the streaming service refuses to release ratings.
But "make no mistake: The rise of Netflix has been a net positive for consumers," writes Wired's K.M. McFarland. "The network has fostered an environment where, in exchange for a comparatively smaller budget than premium cable or broadcast network shows, creators have the freedom to craft a show without interference from their network. It’s like what Louis C.K. got from FX for Louie, only multiplied many times over, and distributed among creators and actors from various entertainment backgrounds."