HBO notched 43 awards over all, including 29 Creative Emmys last week, just one shy of CBS's record set in 1974. This was the 15th consecutive year that HBO scored the highest number of Emmy nominations — 126 — and its 43 victories far surpassed its previous high of 32 in 2004. The network with the second-highest number of awards on Sunday night was Comedy Central, with four. "Game of Thrones" won four awards over all, including for best supporting actor in a drama for Peter Dinklage.
As an example of how streaming is becoming a front-and-center issue for television, Mr. Samberg also noted that HBO had shown no interest in policing how people share passwords for their HBO Go and HBO Now apps. Mr. Samberg then posted a login — "firstname.lastname@example.org" — and password ("password1") for his HBO Now account, and invited everyone to use it.
It was also a year in which many celebrated shows like "Mad Men" went off the air, including David Letterman and Jon Stewart's late-night shows, and NBC's "Parks and Recreation."
Jon Stewart got a big send-off as host of "The Daily Show," which again won the outstanding talk series category. It was the 13th consecutive year that Comedy Central has won the award, and the 10th win over all in that category for Mr. Stewart's show. Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer" also won in the new sketch series category, yet another mile marker in a breakout year for Ms. Schumer. Allison Janney won outstanding supporting actress in a comedy for her role in "Mom" (CBS), in which she plays a recovering alcoholic. It was her second consecutive win in the category and her seventh Emmy over all.
In her acceptance speech, Ms. Janney told her fellow nominees, "I feel like I won the lottery, because you are all amazing as well."
Uzo Aduba won in the best supporting actress category in a drama for her depiction of Crazy Eyes in Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black." It was her second Emmy, and in a tearful speech, she said, "If I could say 'thank you' a thousand times, it would not be enough." It was the lone victory for Netflix on Sunday.
Despite the explosion of original programming in television, the Emmys, broadcast this year on Fox, can often feel predictable. But the Television Academy, which organizes the Emmys, made changes to the voting process that could potentially put an end to that feeling of familiarity. The group disbanded the so-called blue ribbon panel this year, opening the final vote for awards like best drama and comedy series to the entire pool of academy members, not a closed-off committee.
There is certainly more television than ever for them to consider. An estimated 400 scripted shows are expected to be broadcast on TV and online services like Netflix this year, up from the 211 that were on the air in 2009. The chief executive of the Television Academy, Bruce Rosenblum, said last month that there had been a 40 percent increase in submissions for the best drama category this year.
Mr. Samberg nodded to the glut of offerings in his opening segment, when he played a character who was anxious about having not seen marquee shows like "Empire" and "Game of Thrones" and who descends into a bunker for a year to finally catch up.
"So many shows and so little time," he sang. "I'm just one man. How can I possibly keep up?"