Netflix could be expanding into livestreaming. According to a report from Deadline, Netflix is currently working on a livestreaming option for stand-up specials and other live content.
As pointed out by Deadline, support for livestreams could open up the possibility for Netflix to air live reunions, like the one recently held by the real estate reality show Selling Sunset, as well as enable live voting for competition shows.
Netflix can also use this feature to broadcast live comedy specials. The Netflix is a Joke Fest . was Netflix’s first ever live comedy festival. The Los Angeles-based event spanned several days and featured over 130 popular comedians, including Ali Wong, Bill Burr, Jerry Seinfeld, John Mulaney, and more. Netflix is set to begin airing a few of the shows it taped at this event later in the month and into June. However, a live option may allow users to view shows as they unfold at home (if Netflix decides to bring the festival back next season).
As of now, we don’t know much about this upcoming feature and Netflix didn’t immediately respond to The verge ‘s request to comment. One of Netflix’s largest rivals, Disney Plus, has been able to stream livestreams. In February, Disney Plus aired a live showing of the Academy Awards, a first for the service. It has also become the new home of the celebrity dance competition series, Dancing With the Stars, which is set to debut as a live series on the platform later this year.