LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix's deal to air 300 hours of original television programming from Dreamworks Animation in a multi-year deal is part of a trend in which online streaming video services including Amazon and Hulu are increasingly producing original shows.
The new content often stacks up in length and quality to regular TV fare, and that of pay TV services such as HBO and Showtime. The original content is meant to supplement a steady supply of TV show reruns and older movies. The aim is to attract new subscribers and keep existing customers interested with material they can't get elsewhere.
Here is a list of some of the most prominent original online shows:
"Lilyhammer" (January 2012) — A New York mobster finds himself in Norway under a U.S. witness protection program.
"House of Cards" (February 2013) — Kevin Spacey plays scheming majority whip Francis Underwood.
"Arrested Development" (May 2013) — Jason Bateman stars as a man coping with his dysfunctional family in this revival of the TV show that ran on Fox from 2003 to 2006.
"Orange Is the New Black" (July 2013) — An engaged Brooklynite's life is thrown upside down when she's sent to prison.
"Alpha House" (2013 or 2014) — John Goodman stars as one of four senators who share a rented house in Washington, D.C.
"Betas" (2013 or 2014) — Four friends attempt to make the world's greatest social networking app.
"Annebots" (2013 or 2014) — Young scientist Anne creates three robot helpers to assist her scientific experiments.
"Tumbleaf" (2013 or 2014) — A small blue fox named Fig plays in a whimsical land.
"A Day in the Life" (August 2011) — Documentarian Morgan Spurlock profiles various celebrities.
"Battleground" (February 2012) — A behind-the-scenes look at a fictional state senate campaign in Wisconsin.
"All My Children" (April 2013) — Hulu revives the soap opera that aired on ABC for 41 years with new episodes Monday and Wednesday.
"QuickDraw" (Summer 2013) — A comedic western set in 1875.