Get ready to binge: Netflix is adding a bunch of new, original shows next year

Shows will total about 1,000 hours.
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Get ready to binge watch – and cancel cable, probably.

Netflix has plans to add a ton more original programing next year, totaling at least 1,000 hours (that's more than double the original programing it had in 2016), Variety reported after speaking with Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

These new programs will include 31 original scripted series that are in the works (up from 16 this year), Fortune said, plus 20 unscripted shows (think reality, sometimes trashy TV), Variety noted.

One of the upcoming reality shows in the works is Ultimate Beastmaster – contestants from several countries will tackle a obstacle courses throughout the series, a news release says. MSN Entertainment calls it Netflix's take on American Ninja Warrior.

For a list of all of Netflix's upcoming shows that have been announced, click here.

We probably watch too much Netflix

Netflix’s 74.76 million users watched 42.5 billion hours of streaming TV and movies in 2015. That comes out to about to 568.49 hours per user – or nearly 24 straight days of binge-watching, CordCutting.com said. Data for 2016 hasn’t been released yet, but CordCutting estimates Netflix users will stream 600 hours this year.

A survey released last spring found people watch more than 26 hours of TV every week – and half the time they are doing so through subscription streaming services like Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.

The same survey, done by CSG International, found 50 percent of millennials’ TV time is spent watching streaming video rather than traditional TV. And because of that, they don’t see as much value in paying for cable.

A Piper Jaffray survey released last month found teens are spending more time watching Netflix and YouTube than traditional TV – 66 percent compared to 26 percent, respectively.

And for binge watchers who are sick of Netflix asking if you’re still watching (because the answer is always yes), there’s an apparent hack for Google Chrome browsers to get the video streaming service to stop judging you.

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