If TV executives had their way, then Netflix would look a whole lot more like its network-owned competitor Hulu or Amazon’s streaming service. Executives from Nickelodeon, FX, Showtime and AMC explained that they would like Netflix to follow those services in doing more to promote their networks during a panel at the Cable Show in Los Angeles Wednesday, where FX Networks EVP of Research Julie Piepenkotter quipped: “Breaking Bad did a whole lot more for Netflix than Netflix did for Breaking Bad.”
Piepenkotter went on to complain that TV shows on Netflix don’t feature an intro, also known as bumper, that tells viewers on which network they originally aired. She mused that part of HBO’s reasoning for licensing its content to Amazon as opposed to Netflix was that Amazon allows for such branding, and added that her own network also has a much better working relationship with Amazon due to this branding. FX will even tell its viewers that they can catch up on previous seasons of its drama Justified on Prime because Amazon keeps the FX branding on Justified, she said.
AMC Networks Research SVP Tom Ziangas even suggested that Netflix’s website should feature this kind of branding as well: “I want our stuff on Netflix to be branded. I want an AMC page with our content on there,” he said. Coincidentally, that’s exactly how content is presented on Hulu’s website. Ziangas also revealed that he is by now second-guessing some other aspects of his network’s relationship with Netflix as well. “I think maybe we undervalued our content,” he said