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Netflix is betting big on sports in 2024

February 2, 2024

Netflix has always been a powerhouse in terms of entertainment. Yet, somehow they’re expanding their reach even more in 2024. Now they’re taking their game to the next level with a slew of new and exhilarating sports documentaries. With a history of changing the game in TV and film, Netflix’s expansion into sports content could similarly disrupt the status quo. As the platform begins to showcase various sports, the traditional sports network domain will be tested, making it possible for fans to access diverse sporting events with a simple subscription, revolutionising the idea of sports accessibility for the digital age. Whether you’re a fan of football, tennis, golf, or wrestling, Netflix has something for you to enjoy.

Digital Whiskers take a look at some of the most thrilling highlights of Netflix’s programming coming your way in 2024 as it ventures boldly into sports coverage.

Six Nations: Full Contact Rugby

Rugby might not be big in the States but, in the UK millions watch and bet on the Six Nations each year. With that in mind, perhaps it was a only matter of time until rugby got the Netflix treatment.The show, Six Nations: Full Contact, covers the action of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales as they strove to win in the 2023 Six Nations Championship. You’ll get to see exclusive interviews with the athletes, their coaches, and the referees, alongside some amazing shots of the games and electric vibes inside the arenas.

The series provides an in-depth analysis of the strategies, player dynamics, and technical aspects of the game that are rarely seen in mainstream coverage. Newcomers to rugby will find that the documentary makes the complexities and excitement of rugby easily accessible. Additionally, its focus on the personal and cultural stories of players, coaches, and communities adds a universal appeal that extends beyond the sport itself. Realised just in time for the start of the 2024 Six Nations, it’s sure to be Netflix’s next big hit.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive

There’s a brand new racing documentary that’s already been a thrilling hit on Netflix. Formula 1: Drive to Survive dives into the exciting world of Formula One, offering fans an up-close look at the racers, teams, and off-track action. Season four focuses on the thrilling 2023 season. Fans watched as Lewis Hamilton snagged his eighth world title and Max Verstappen hot on his heels. Plus, there was a heart-stopping accident that almost cost Romain Grosjean his life. If you’re into fast cars and edge-of-your-seat storytelling, this show’s for you.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive isn’t just an exciting documentary series about the top motorsport in the world, it’s also Netflix’s smart play to grab the attention of Formula One’s massive and dedicated fans. They’re aiming to be a big name in sports TV. Netflix pulls viewers in with rare peeks behind the scenes, gripping stories, and eye-catching visuals. This show draws in die-hard fans and those just passing by, proving Netflix can churn out quality content in various styles. ‘Formula 1: Drive to Survive’ shows just how serious Netflix is about the sports scene, hinting that there’s more awesome stuff on the horizon.

WWE: Beyond the Ring

Wrestling isn’t just a competitive sport – it’s a spectacle in showmanship, full of drama and steeped in tradition. WWE: Beyond the Ring is a docu-series that dives into the storied past, iconic superstars, and the buzzworthy scandals of WWE, the biggest wrestling company on the planet. In this series, viewers get to hear from WWE giants like The Rock, John Cena, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Plus, they’re treated to clips from unforgettable bouts and pivotal points in WWE lore. On top of that, WWE: Beyond the Ring delves into WWE’s new partnership with Netflix that will bring exclusive shows tailor-made for WWE enthusiasts all over the globe.

WWE: Beyond the Ring also exemplifies WWE’s massive deal with Netflix. This will allow Netflix to produce exclusive content for diehard fans around the world. The lucrative deal is expected to significantly boost Netflix’s sports streaming ambitions. It’s sure to attract millions of loyal WWE fans to its platform and offer them a unique and immersive experience.

Revolutionising the Way Fans Engage

Netflix understands that sports are as much about community as they are about competition. It’s why they’re exploring new ways to make viewing sports a more social, interactive experience. After their password crackdown raised profits, Netflix Party is set to launch soon. It will allow viewers to be more connected watching their favourite rugby or wrestling docs. Accompanying platforms that offer live chats and in-app betting could transform passive viewing into an engaging, communal event. The idea is not just to watch the game but to be a dynamic part of the unfolding drama.

Netflix is set to deliver top-notch sports documentaries in 2024, and they’re making sure you can enjoy them with your pals and loved ones. Thanks to Netflix Party, syncing up your viewing with other people and having a chat while watching is a breeze. So get your snacks, remote control, and lots of team spirit, and brace yourself for an incredible lineup of sports stories on Netflix.

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