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Friday, March 29, 2013

Netflix Wants To Change How You Watch TV

Netflix is releasing a new season of the show "Arrested Development," which has been off the air for six years.

Netflix is releasing a new season of the show “Arrested Development,” which has been off the air for six years.

Netflix – long known for its movie offerings – is now trying to change the way you watch television.

Earlier this year, the company released the original series “House of Cards,” starring Kevin Spacey.

Yesterday it announced a deal to have the Wachowski siblings, who made the Matrix movies, create an original sci-fi series.

And in May, Netflix is releasing a new season of Arrested Development, which has been off the air for six years.

When the S&P 500 reached an all-time closing high yesterday, Netflix was No. 1 overall.

But there’s competition coming from other streaming video services, including Amazon and Hulu.


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  • ericd725

    trailer park boys and home movies need to come back for this new “wayve” of entertainment

  • Devon

    Netflix is right on  with this strategy. I know that once I started streaming television the way I watch TV has completely changed. My wife and I almost exclusively watch one TV show at a time (preferably multiple seasons) from the first episode through the last available episode and then we switch shows. We’ve done this with more than I could name, because honestly we don’t watch regular TV anymore and haven’t in well over a year if not two. The only way they could improve this service is if they had a method to track shows that currently don’t have any available new episodes but you don’t want to have it in your active queue.

  • Brooke

    I have binged on Netflix – three shows specifically. I watched Jane by Design tv how with my thirteen year old daughter when she had the flu and was in bed for five days. Then I got sick and watched the entire season 1 of downton abbey. Amazing! Also watch parenthood on Netflix. I enjoy watching all the episodes when I want to and now think it would be cruel torture to wait a week between episodes!

  • Duurjob

    I absolutely have binge watched Netflix. It’s actually a family activity. Most recently I watched the Rescue Me series and I really enjoyed it. I don’t have cable anymore, just Internet. Cable and cable adds just aren’t worth the cost anymore and news comes to me by my smart phone. Why have a cable bill, Internet bill, and cellular bill when they all provide the same service? Netflix, please don’t raise the fee though!

  • Kate

    I used Netflix to finally catch “Downton Abby.” I watched the first episode “streamed” to my iPad. Did I enjoy it? Yes? Great acting. Amazing sets. Super writing. Will I keep watching? Ummm … no. I realize I am a statistical outlier, but [*here goes*] I’m more attracted to new ways our society can evolve. Watching how past worlds marginalized women and men by race and class doesn’t lift my spirit. Not worth my time or my bandwidth. Next!

    • Jenn1988

      THIS EXACTLY!! That’s why I cannot stand to watch AMC’s Mad Men. Yes, I get that the show has good writing and acting but it gives me the creeps to see how women were so mistreated in the 50s and 60s. Of course, today there’s still sexism, racism and all other sorts of ‘isms’ in our modern society, but it was even worse back then.

      I’ll never forget the episode when Peggy came up with a great idea for a commercial/advertisement and that scrawny nerd Pete Campbell (who does a super job of playing shady and two faced characters) was shocked that a woman was capable of doing that.

      He said it was like “WATCHING A DOG PLAY THE PIANO”.

      Ughhh. No, thanks. I’ll pass.

  • Jennifer

    I have binged on Netflix so many times! I watched all of season one of Alias in just about a day one weekend. I also watched three seasons of Greek in less than a week. Right now I’m not binging on Nikita, just watching a couple episodes each night! :P I’m actually getting rid of my cable subscription soon and turning directly to Netflix alone.

    • MAGGIE

      ‘Greek’ is such a ligh hearted fun show to watch. Because it’s about college students rather than very young teens, people of all ages can relate. I love that ABC Family still keeps all the episodes online on their website.

      Nikita episodes are on the CW website but you can only watch the most recently aired. So subscription services like Hulu or Netflix are really convenient when you want to catch earlier episodes. I love the Sean / Alex pairing which makes the whole show worth watching. 

  • LynneW

    I watched the first season of House of Cards and really enjoyed it. I seldom watch series on TV any more because invariably I will miss one or more episodes and have to wait too long to catch up. My issue with this mode of video is that one has to pay for too many subscriptions (Hulu Plus, Netflix, et. al.) to watch all the offerings one may wish to view.

  • Pointpanic

    A promotional “story’ like this would have been unhead of back in teh day when WBUR rightly claimed itself as having “everything but commercials”. What happened?

    • Al Dorman26

       Not really, this is about the television industry. Netflix is a disruptive pattern that deserves discussion.

  • Nels Long

    I spend about 100 hours a week at my desk drafting in AutoCad and I always have Netflix running just to keep me awake. I have a second monitor which I claim helps my work-flow but really its for Netflix. I’ve watched entire series in a week before with up to 48 hours of continuous streaming. One thing I’ve noticed in watching a series like Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, X-Files, etc.  is how much more can be accomplished in the plot that in a standard feature film. The ability to pick up on all the minor sub-plots and plot arcs is fantastic. What’s really exciting is now tv producers are picking up on the fact that this is happening and writing for it. I’m waiting for a 72 hour version of Blade Runner or Alien (Ridley Scott if your reading this)…

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