How Netflix has Changed the TV/Film Industry

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.

3 thoughts on “How Netflix has Changed the TV/Film Industry

  1. It would not be surprising to poll a group of people, from the college for example, and find out that more people have a subscription to Netflix rather than a satellite dish on their home anymore. My guess is that that has to do with how quickly high-speed internet is becoming available to people around the world. I live out in the country, and when I was a kid, the internet was barely enough to load Google. Now I can use services like Netflix, YouTube, and Spotify with ease, and not have to worry about my internet connection being too slow. With how quickly high-speed internet is becoming accessible to everyone, the large services like Netflix seem to be keeping a keen eye on this, and I wouldn’t expect that to change anytime soon. Excellent perspective, Tanner.

  2. I’ll have to agree, The way that we watch movies and tv has changed. When I was a child I grew up with watching movies on VCR and DVDS and TV on cable. Now I’m watching content either on Blu-Ray, cable (Once in a while), Youtube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. Personally I use Netflix and Amazon Prime myself to watch series such as Stranger Things, Voltron, The Grand Tour, and Bob’s Burgers. I think that this idea of having access to Netflix is good because people can watch content that they missed and are curious to start watching and/or want to rewatch old series after not seeing it for a long time. It will be very interesting to see where things are going to go within the TV/Film Industry.

  3. Very interesting and insightful article, Tanner, I always find this subject of Netflix and “binge-watching” interesting to discuss. One suggestion that I would have would be to remove the titles, I think the article would flow just as well without “History” or “Conclusion” before each new paragraph. Another thing that I found to be a little off was your conclusion as a whole. It may just be me, but I found the “stay tuned to find out” to be a little cheesy and somewhat out of place from the rest of your post. However, I found the rest of your article to be very well put together.

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