Why I Totally Love Netflix, an essay.
So, Netflix has gotten a lot of flak. Remember when they wanted to split the DVD service into Qwikster? I don't think that was wrong; I think that was premature. You know how there's nothing on? I want to pose a question: How, exactly, is that different from cable TV?
All right, I don't know about you, but I was thinking: How many channels do I want to watch? Maybe five. How many shows do I want to watch? Ten. Fifteen.
And how do cable companies try to cater to me? They want me to subscribe to a package of a hundred channels (or more), and then they want me either to get a schedule and watch a TV show when it's broadcasted (a very old-fashioned idea, in my opinion), or get a DVR. Listen: I already have a hard drive and a computer. Stop trying to make my TV into one, you suck at it. (Sorry.)
It's like listening to the radio, when you could be listening to Pandora. Now, Pandora isn't perfect, but it's SO much better than the radio. Why listen to the generic local rock station when you can listen specifically to your 90s grunge/freestyle jazz/gangsta rap mix?
Okay, so there's Netflix, and there's cable. And Netflix, my friends, has a dream. It's not perfect, but they have a couple of amazing ideas. They want you to be able to watch what you want, when you want. It's a TV buffet where EVERYTHING* is available ALL THE TIME, INSTANTLY.
Do you know why they wanted to split their DVD service from their streaming service? 'Cause DVDs suck. I want to watch stuff, and I don't want to have to be in front of the TV at a particular time, and I don't want to have to wait for something to be mailed to me. I want to tune in, pick something I want, and watch it. And that, friends, is what Netflix is trying to do. And that, friends, is why I'm planning to keep watching Netflix and NOT subscribe to cable, even if I don't get to watch Game of Thrones.
I vote with my wallet, and Netflix gets my money. Not because its service is perfect, but because its idea is the better one.
*They're working on getting everything, at least.
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