Netflix, or at least the idea of Netflix, could essentially be the future of television. At least it is for me. I no longer have cable. Currently, I use a Smart TV and only subscribe to hulu Plus and Netflix for my watching indulgences.
This, in my opinion, is the only way to stare at my television now. Not only am I short on television watching time, I mean – I do have to work and have a life! – but, the stuff on cable TV these days just isn’t grabbing my attention. If something does happen to capture my eyeballs, I can view it later on Netflix, Hulu or somewhere else on the interwebs.
I am still paying for services, albeit at a very low cost, but I get more control over what I watch and more options. Viewers can binge-watch shows in one weekend, rather than wait all week for a new episode. With such an influx of viewership around an entire season, fans take to the social outlets to discuss the season at a much faster pace; discussing the entire lifespan of a show at once allows for more social discussion than one episode per week.
One of my favorite bits of current Netflix news is the signing of Chelsea Handler’s (exclusive to Netflix) new talk show. The signing of someone as big as Handler only secures Netflix’s spot in the big leagues.
Handler said, “If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested,” Handler says in a statement. “I wanted to sit with the cool kids at lunch so I approached Netflix to make sure they were as cool as I thought they were, and when I confirmed my suspicions, like with any other future lover, I made my move. I’m more excited than I’ve been in awhile, and the team at Netflix is the most forward thinking, alert group I’ve sat down with in ages…”
In addition to Handler, hit shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards have all been big hitters in the new Netflix era (which are amazing shows and I highly recommend them!).
The future of Netflix is bright and I look forward to how it could change the way we watch television forever. Do you have a favorite binge-worthy Netflix show?