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Netflix: Changing the History of TV?

Aesha Falcon, Editor

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Netflix has been around for nearly more than ten years and have been providing the best in entertainment movies and shows to their devoted audience. They were founded on August 29, 1997, in Scotts Valley, California by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph. Netflix provides streaming media, video-on-demand online, and DVD by mail, and they also provide original TV series and movies, including titles like Bright, 13 Reasons Why, Stranger Things and Orange Is The New Black. Yet the question still remains, “Why is Netflix so popular?

As a Netflix user, I view Netflix as the next generation’s platform of viewing TV shows and movies. Though Netflix has been around for quite a while, the growth and development of the platform itself has improved tremendously. Recently, Netflix has given parents more parental control over shows and movies. Basically, a parent can activate a pin lock over movies and shows they deem inappropriate towards their children. It was stated that Netflix was aware that they needed to increase its features for parents and “eventually, create and provide compelling enough content to keep parents on the platform.”

Years ago, movies and TV shows were either watched in theaters, seen on television, bought on DVD, or rented. But those formats are now outdated compared to the favored form of streaming. Surprisingly, the youth of today barely watch TV, “that doesn’t mean they aren’t watching TV content or even that they aren’t seeing ads. They’re just consuming it in places where ad models vary, audiences are fragmented and measurement is harder.” Rather than waiting to watch your favorite show, following the plot episode by episode, many now say, “I’ll wait until it’s on Netflix.” A common phrase used and heard by many, as its audience would rather “Netflix binge” than wait an entire week for the next episode.

Overall, Netflix is a rare succession created and improved as time has passed. Competitors left and right, throughout the years, have attempted to live up to the name, yet Netflix has created its own world, its own media culture, that other platforms can not recreate without being referenced to its successor. It has not only changed the world in which we view movies and shows but is also changing the history of TV itself.

In the future, will Netflix be able to reign on top or will it end an era and pass the crown to a new name?

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