Here's What The Netflix Original Content Schedule Looks Like Right Now

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Netflix just released its Q1 earnings, and announced that it has achieved some new milestones. For one, it surpassed 40 million members in the U.S., as well as 20 million internationally, and 60 million total. Member engagement is at an all-time high, the company said, with members streaming 10 billion hours in Q1.

Here's a look at the financials:

In Q1 alone, Netflix added 4.9 million members globally, which is significantly higher than the 4.1 million it projected. The company says retention also continued to improve. That's no surprise, considering that Netflix has been rated the highest for the online video streaming category in terms of brand loyalty.

Netflix will be focusing more of its marketing budget on international growth in Q2, so expect international numbers to look even more impressive on the next report. Of course international expansion continues as well. The service just launched in Australia and New Zealand less than a month ago, and Netflix expects to have its worldwide roll-out complete by 2017.

A Japan launch is slated for later this year in addition to other markets.The company expects net adds to increase by 70% in Q2 compared to last year.

Here's what CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells told shareholders about its content in a letter:

Our original content strategy is playing out as we hoped, driving lots of viewing in an economic way for Netflix while bolstering the positive perception of our brand and service around the world.

House of Cards, in its third season, had its biggest launch yet in terms of viewers. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Tina Fey’s return to television, has been a hit, winning Rotten Tomatoes scores of 90%+ from both critics and viewers and our drama thriller, Bloodline starring Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn and Sissy Spacek, is performing on par with the first seasons of our other big drama shows. During the quarter, we announced new seasons for all three shows, as well as three new Netflix original films, PeeWee’s Big Holiday from Judd Apatow and Paul Reubens, Jadotville, from Irish director Richie Smyth and starring Jamie Dornan, and Beasts of No Nation from director Cary Fukunaga and starring Idris Elba. Beasts will premiere on Netflix later this year.

We are delighted by the fan excitement and critical response around last Friday’s launch of Marvel’s Daredevil, the first of four series and a mini-series from our deal with Marvel Entertainment. The current quarter will also see the debut of Grace and Frankie starring legendary comedians Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Sense8, an unbelievably cinematic and entertaining global dramatic thriller from the Wachowski siblings, and the third season of our groundbreaking Orange is The New Black.

Netflix also shared an updated look at its slate of original content for the foreseeable future. Here's what that looks like:

April 17Chris D'Elia: IncorrigibleStand-Up Comedy SpecialGlobal Original
April 26Chef’s TableDocu-SeriesGlobal Original
May 8Grace and FrankieSeriesGlobal Original
May 21Between (All territories except Canada)SeriesGlobal Original
May 22Jen Kirkman: I'm Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)Stand-Up Comedy SpecialGlobal Original
May 22The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob WeirDocumentaryGlobal Original
June 5Sense8 -- Available in Ultra HD 4KSeriesGlobal Original
June 12Orange is the New Black - Season 3SeriesGlobal Original
June 26What Happened, Miss Simone?DocumentaryGlobal Original
Q3 2015
July 10Chris Tucker LiveStand-Up Comedy SeriesGlobal Original
July 17Wet Hot American SummerSeriesGlobal Original
August 28Crouching Tiger: The Green Destiny -- Available in Ultra HD 4KFilmGlobal Original
Coming Up in 2015 & 2016
--Beasts of No NationFilmGlobal Original
2015BoJack Horseman - Season 2SeriesGlobal Original
2016Bottersnikes & Grumbles (All territories except UK and Australia)KidsGlobal Original
2016Care Bears and Cousins (All territories except France and Germany)KidsGlobal Original
2015Chelsea Handler Docu-Comedy SpecialsComedy Doc SpecialGlobal Original
2016Chelsea Handler Talk Show--Global Original
2015Club de CuervosSeriesGlobal Original
2016The CrownSeriesGlobal Original
2016Danger Mouse (All territories except Germany, France, UK and Ireland)KidsGlobal Original
2015DinotruxKidsGlobal Original
2015DragonsKidsGlobal Original
2015Ever After HighKidsGlobal Original
2015F is for FamilySeriesGlobal Original
2015Fargo - Season 2 (France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Benelux only)SeriesFirst Run Non-US
2016FlakedSeriesGlobal Original
2015From Dusk Till Dawn - Season 2 (All non-US territories)SeriesFirst Run Non-US
2015Hemlock Grove - Season 3SeriesGlobal Original
2016JadotvilleFilmGlobal Original
2016Justin Time: The New AdventuresKidsGlobal Original
2015Knights of Sidonia - Season 2Anime SeriesGlobal Original
2016KONG - KING OF THE APESKidsGlobal Original
--Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate EventsSeriesGlobal Original
2015Longmire - Season 4 (US & Canada only)SeriesGlobal Original
2016LoveSeriesGlobal Original
2016The Magic School BusKidsGlobal Original
--Marco Polo - Season 2 -- Available in Ultra HD 4KSeriesGlobal Original
2015MarseilleSeriesGlobal Original
2015/2016Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones -- Available in Ultra HD 4KSeriesGlobal Original
2016MontaukKidsGlobal Original
2015Narcos -- Available in Ultra HD 4KSeriesGlobal Original
2016The OASeriesGlobal Original
--Peaky Blinders - Season 3 (US only)SeriesGlobal Original
2015Penny Dreadful - Season 2 (France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Benelux only)SeriesFirst Run Non-US
2015PompidouSeriesGlobal Original
2015Popples (All territories except France)KidsGlobal Original
2015Some Assembly Required (All territories except Canada)KidsGlobal Original
2016Special CorrespondentsSeriesGlobal Original
2015Super 4KidsGlobal Original
2015Trailer Park Boys - Season 9SeriesGlobal Original
2015What Happened, Miss Simone?DocumentaryGlobal Original
2015With Bob and DavidSeriesGlobal Original
2016Winx Club WOW: World of WinxKidsGlobal Original

Hastings and Wells also noted that they plan to roll out a new TV user interface in the second half of this year, which will see video playback "forward into the browse experience."

They're also working on ways to better promote Netflix originals to subscribers using data to identify those that would most likely be interested in specific titles.

Netflix is also working on adding more subtitles and UI languages for content.

The letter to shareholders mentioned HBO's new HBO Now service, saying they think both services will continue to be successful, and that they're not substitutes for one another. On another competitive note, the company says it views Internet MVPD offerings like the rumored Apple offering, Sony's Playstation Vue and Dish's Sling TV as more competitive to the current pay TV bundle than to Netflix. It adds that piracy remains a "considerable long-term threat, mostly outside the U.S."

In case you're wondering about the DVD service, it still has over 5.5 million members, which the company considers a "core user base" that continues to rely on it for new release movies and TV shows, as well as its broad selection of titles. On the last earnings report, it had 5.8 million DVD subscribers.

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