December 18, 2019
Netflix’s foray into original feature-length movies has often been overshadowed by the company’s disdain for the traditional theatrical window — a stance that has left hundreds of millions of dollars in box office revenue on the table and generated resentment from exhibitors and industry traditionalists.
While Netflix’s original TV series dominant industry awards, the quality of its movies remains subjective, according to observers such as KilltheCableBill.com, which set out to determine how the SVOD behemoth’s movies compare in quality to its streaming and premium pay-TV competition.
Netflix and Prime Video won their first Oscars in 2017 with Iran’s The Sales man and Manchester by the Sea, respectively. Netflix’s Roma won Best Director and Best Foreign-Language Film at the most-recent Oscars. The streamer again has high awards hopes for Martin Scorsese’s mobster flick, The Irishman.
Citing co-authored research from Mindnet Analytics, the website found that Netflix had 33 of the Top 250 movies ranked on Amazon’s IMDb.com site. While that translates to just 13% of IMDb’s tally, the percentage tops Prime Video (9%), Disney+ (5%), Hulu (4%) and HBO (1%).
The data is interesting considering Disney’s current stranglehold on the box office and aggressive move to reclaim its theatrical content from Netflix for Disney+. The 22 movies on Prime Video don’t include feature-films available for rent on Amazon Instant Video.
The report determined that the HBO movie portfolio rated lowest in quality, according to IMDb.