In a finding that makes John Malone's apocryphal "500 channel universe" seem quaint by comparison, Nielsen this morning released a report estimating the number of "unique program titles" currently available to American viewers in 2019 was 646,000, a 10% increase from 2018.
That stat, which includes all viewing sources, including video-on-demand, as well as streaming services, also makes FX Networks annual original scripted series count seem quaint.
At last count, FX Networks estimated there were 532 original scripted series available on linear TV in 2019.
The vast majority of those series are available via VOD services (see data below), but streaming is adding to the pie. It's also taking from the TV viewing pie, accounting for 19% of all usage among viewers in 2019.
Source: Nielsen, 2020 Total Audience Report.