Remember the days of renting out movies from video stores? Or perhaps you can remember when you had to wait a week to catch the next episode of your favorite crime drama? It’s hard to believe that it was only a decade ago when these things were the norm when it came to watching TV and Film. These options still exist today in 2018. However, these ways now live in the shadow cast by the juggernaut service known as Netflix.
In 1997, Netflix started out as an entertainment service that rented out DVDs via mail. It’s main competition was with physical video rental stores across America. After a decade, Netflix expanded into the Media streaming business it is today. In 2010, it finally reached Canada and had an international presence. By this time, the service was well known across the world and had become a household name with over 20 million subscriptions. However, Netflix wasn’t done with surpassing expectations. 3 years later, the first Netflix Original produced series, “House of Cards” was released. Now, in 2018, The service has planned around 700 original TV shows, movies and specials to debut over this year.
Netflix has become one of the top streaming services in the present day. The big change the business has brought to how we view television and film is the fact that we have access to a massive library of content to watch whenever right from our couch. This ability to have access to all episodes of a show, or all the films in a franchise has lead to the phenomenon known as “binge watching”. Binge watching is a form of viewing a series of episodes or film one after the other. I believe that there are 2 mains reasons that binge watching has become so popular. The First is that having access to an entire season of a show is exciting. It’s nice to know that right after viewing the last episode, you can watch the next one in an instant. The other reason, is that critically, Netflix Original shows have been a huge success and have gained strong fanbases. Shows suchs as “Stranger Things”, “Daredevil”, and “Black Mirror”, have become some of the favourites among Netflix subscribers.
As of now, it looks like Netflix will continue to gain subscribers and grow in the near future. What will happen next? Stay tuned to find out.