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Netflix Is Testing A Channel Of Scheduled Content

Netflix Is Testing A Channel Of Scheduled Content

Ever find yourself scrolling through Netflix and struggling to pick a TV show? We know your pain.

And fortunately, it sounds as if Netflix themselves are used to hearing about the dilemma, with the streaming giant reportedly considering a channel of scheduled programming.

While Netflix disrupted traditional television when it first launched its streaming service back in 2007, the platform's increasingly growing number of content to flick through has almost become all too huge - with some people finding it too difficult to keep on top of all of Netflix's must-see shows.

Netflix is considering a more traditional television channel (Credit: Unsplash)
Netflix is considering a more traditional television channel (Credit: Unsplash)
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According to IndieWire, Netflix is now trialling a new 'Direct' service, that will see the channel try "real-time, scheduled programming" much like a mainstream television channel would.

However, this linear channel would only be available to Netflix subscribers, and is set the be trialled over in France later in November.

Netflix has supposedly chosen to trial this service with French subscribers as the country still starkly favours traditional television formats, with reports claiming a number of viewers "like the idea of programming that doesn't require them to choose what they are going to watch."

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A statement from Netflix reads: "Whether you are lacking inspiration or whether you are discovering Netflix for the first time, you could let yourself be guided for the first time without having to choose a particular title and let yourself be surprised by the diversity of Netflix's library."

While Netflix Direct was launched in some areas on November 5th, the channel is thought to become more widely available in France by the beginning of December.

Netflix could rival more traditional channels (Credit: PA Images)
Netflix could rival more traditional channels (Credit: PA Images)

The news comes after Netflix UK announced it was dropping a host of classic 90's sitcoms over November, including Sister Sister, Girlfriends and Moesha, alongside a number of its original programming (with The Crown, Dash and Lily, and Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta?)

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Looks like we're going to have plenty to watch over the festive season....

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Topics: Entertainment News, TV News, tech, Netflix

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