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Published in the October 26, 2017 issue of The Bells
I believe that Netflix is taking over the entertainment world as we know it. How so? Well, to begin with, here are a few scenarios that everyone can relate
First scenario: you go to the movie theatre and it is a horrible experience. You either viewed it with the wrong crowd, movie goers were constantly talking,
or someone decided to bring their restless two-year-old child to see Deadpool.
Another scenario is that you’ve waited all week for the next episode of your favorite show and when it finally airs it’s just a filler episode.
The last scenario is when it comes to lack of money. Have you ever wanted to just stay home and hang out with friends rather than spend money going out with them?
Have you ever just wanted to binge on a show? Find that anime from when you were a child? Watch a Disney movie?
These situations are why Netflix has become so popular and why it is slowly dominating the entertainment world. Netflix is not only readily available to you in your own home, but it’s also only $8 a month. According to statista.com there are 70 million subscribers worldwide.
But, people’s boredom and lack of money are not the only reasons that Netflix is so popular. It is also popular due to Netflix original series.
Many of the most popular shows in the past two years have been Netflix originalseries. Popular Netflixshows include Luke Cage, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Stranger Things, and coming soon, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Of course, there are other popular shows on various networks, but in my opinion, Netflix is dominating.
Netflix original series plays to a variety of demographics, and because the shows aren’t tied to a network, they don’t have to worry about network executives
controlling production. They do not have to worry about something being too violent, having too much cursing, or too much sexuality. This gives Netflix the upper hand over other networks.
Other networks do have successful shows, but ask yourself, for how long? Normally around the third season, your favorite show becomes a bit watered down. It’s like you can see production companies putting their sticky hands in and ruining the show. And the ones that are popular either end badly or are cancelled in the middle of a season.
From my perspective, all their series are perfection. Others feel this as well because Netflix is continuously cranking out seasons of their best shows.
Another thought is that Netflix is taking advantage of our nostalgia, and we, as people, are loving every minute of it. The summer mega-hit, Stranger Things, takes place in the 80s and the show has the vibes of E.T, The Goonies, and Stephen King novel adaptations. As we all know, we 90s kids love our nostalgia and we dare anyone to destroy our childhoods. Other companies cannot do that. They must stay with what is new and “hip.”
Netflix also takes advantage of our love to binge. We hate waiting a day, week, or even a minute for our favorite shows to air. Netflix has it right in front
of you, front and center. Netflix is like HBO’s little cousin — the little cousin that is less expensive, equally successful, and has the same range of freedom. Netflix is slowly spreading its wings and taking over the entertainment world.