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Netflix wants to make more hard-hitting documentaries, according to head of content Ted Sarandos.

In a live video earnings call, he said the firm saw its documentaries as a tool for trying out new ideas and capturing younger audiences. He also said he wanted to compete with HBO and Vice.

"We're definitely being more adventurous in terms of the genres we're going into," Sarandos said. "We are interested in being able to improve the viewing experience of whatever kind of content people are watching."

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings added: "What's the likelihood that we compete directly with Vice in the next two years? Probably high."

However, the firm confirmed it's not interested in making news shows, as Vice does, but focussing instead on documentaries.

And don't expect to see the Premier League come to Netflix anytime soon – it won't touch sports with a bargepole. "Sports on-demand is not as exciting as sports live," Sarandos said. "There are a lot of irrational bidders for sports and we're not anxious to become another one."

Source: The Verge

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