But, if the production as a whole, taking into consideration whatever income was generated from Netflix, ends up returning its investment, isn't that a win?
Maybe we will move away from the model of Broadway shows running for many years and needing to run for many years to recoup their investments. Maybe any given production will be planned to run 6 months to a year on the stage and then be filmed. And then, if something really hits and is doing enough business to continue to run past expectations, that's a great bonus.
That's pretty much the model for plays already, minus the filming. It's only the really exceptional play that runs more than a year.
Maybe we'll see a return to the golden years of Broadway when 50 or more productions opened in a season.