Omdia and PlumResearch: Netflix originals account for less than 40% of viewing in key markets

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LONDON, June 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Origination has become of even greater strategic importance to Netflix as it builds its worldwide footprint and faces competition from the owners of the biggest content catalogs in the world (US studios) and deeply entrenched local players. New analysis from Omdia of PlumResearch data reveals the importance of originals in the US and other key Netflix markets.

In the US, 35.6% of total hours watched in the first three months of 2023 were Netflix originals. The US was its biggest market, with a total of 14.8 billion hours streamed in 1Q 2023. Originals accounted for the largest share of total hours watched in Poland – just under 40%. At the other end of the scale were Japan (20.6%) and South Korea (25.4%).

Although these percentages appear to be low, considering the massive investments Netflix has made in original content, Omdia estimates that last year the vast majority of Netflix originals were produced in the US: 403 titles out of a total 935 titles launched in 2022.

The analysis of viewing of local Netflix originals (i.e., originals produced in the country in question) offers a noticeably different perspective of the streamer’s success with local production. Out of all original hours watched in South Korea, local titles accounted for nearly 68%. The US also had a high percentage of 61.4%, and both countries were very far ahead of the next placed country, Japan. Viewing of German originals in Germany was just 2.7%.

“Given its increasing emphasis on originals and heavy investment, the share of viewing actually going to these titles seems surprisingly low,” said Tim Westcott, Senior Principal Analyst at Omdia. “The reasons for this could include: the continuing strong performance of certain non-original content, especially theatrical movies but also some TV series that have been acquired by Netflix. The Harry Potter movies and TV series like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Rick and Morty feature among the top titles in other countries like Italy and Germany.”

“Another reason is the depth of catalog: Netflix has been originating since 2012, but still does not have the volume of Walt Disney, WB Discovery or Paramount.”


Omdia, part of Informa Tech, is a technology research and advisory group. Our deep knowledge of tech markets combined with our actionable insights empower organizations to make smart growth decisions.

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