My Netflix addiction and why I’m over live TV
Netflix. It’s become such a staple in our current media consuming society, the nommy delicatessen we visit at the end of a long hard day of drudgery and wondering if the clock has really broken or time has….stopped? OMG IS IT ACTUALLY GOING BACKWARDS!?!
But yes, NETFLIX! It’s become a staple of society, so much so that we even coined the term “Netflix and Chill”. For those of my readers who aren’t aware of this term, I will let Google be your guide.
With the wide assortment of TV shows and movies, season upon season of great entertainment, you can wither away days, if not weeks, in front of this pleasure application of satisfaction. Let’s think of all the wonderful perks of good guy Netflix.
- It continues where you left off
- It knows we are sharing our accounts between multiple people, but only prevents us from watching in at the same time
- It uploads seasons at the same time
- They produce great series like Narcos, Daredevil, Marco Polo – need I go on?
- They have a great recommendation method
- It knows when you’re binge watching and skips intros in some instances
The last point is the one I truly want to address. I watch Netflix so often, that on the rare occasion I watch TV due to the Superbowl, Worldcup, the Jay’s ALMOST making the World Series, I notice how very many advertisements there are on Television and how very little television time there is between the advertisements. Netflix showed me the light, my favourite TV show Scrubs takes about 20-22mins, so that would mean roughly 8-10mins of advertisements every episode! So if the average hard working Canadian is watching about 2 hours of television, that means we are consuming 32-40mins of advertisements!
Now don’t get me wrong I know ads are a necessity for live broadcast TV but I have an inkling feeling that digital streaming options are really going to pave the way for innovation in this area.
With that being said, I think the hardest part of switching almost solely to entities like Netflix is the fact that you miss out on the current TV shows that are airing right now. This is especially difficult with the army of spoiler warriors on the interweb and group chat friends determined to ruin the ending of every show. But if we are patient….Netflix will bring the bounty to us, and we enjoy it all to our hearts content! I truly think the future is in paid programming like Netflix, producing original shows that cater to their clients, and incorporating advertisements in subliminal ways through their characters. Kind of like the Truman show, when his wife would tell us about the hedge clippers and hot chocolate she was buying. Heck, I am sure that is happening now already and I just don’t know it.
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