The Age of Netflix

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It’s no secret that Netflix has blown up, replacing almost every other movie rental organization out there. It’s so simple: create an account with your payment information and easily access the website on virtually any device, allowing you to enter into a world of entertainment and distraction. Netflix is responsible for anything from “Breaking Bad” marathons to revisiting old favorite movies. All it takes is internet access.

As easy and efficient Netflix seems to be, there are definitely some downsides. First of all, you can only watch the shows and movies that Netflix provides. Unfortunately, that leaves out quite a lot of films and programs. Also, even for shows that are on the site, it takes a while for new episodes to be posted to view. If you like to watch a plethora of different shows without TV, you’d have to subscribe and pay for multiple platforms such as Hulu or Amazon Prime, as well.  However, if you’re lucky enough to find a series you love on Netflix, you’ll know how real the addiction is. One episode easily turns into six, and before you know it, you’ve lost your day.

But Netflix definitely offers more benefits than problems. You can easily watch shows that aren’t played anymore on TV like “Leave it to Beaver,” or even relatively recent shows that have ended, such as the ever famous, “Lost.” Netflix has become so popular and successful, it has even done something unique – creating series exclusive only to Netflix, like “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards” which have both been widely received among audiences.

Could it be that Netflix is replacing cable TV? For me, in college without access to a television, Netflix is the holy grail for me, and I’m sure it is the same across college campuses in America. I don’t think it has gotten to the point yet where Netflix is used instead of TV, but I would definitely say that Netflix comes in close second, beginning to pose a threat for cable companies.  To help mediate the tension between cable companies and Netflix, efforts have been made to work together. This article from Time.com talks about how Comcast Internet users recently experienced much faster connection with better quality when on the Netflix site after the two companies came together  to reach a deal.

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