In this bustling world we find ourselves in today technology is continiously improving to create a more convinient lifestyle for us. So as I work most nights of the week to pay my rent do I have time to tune into my favourite television shows as they aired? Or do i have enough money to afford full cable allowing me to watch the quality television shows i actually care about?
The answer is no to both questions. Well this is now no longer a problem it seems. As a poor student i tend to illegally download television shows, but in the more regulated countries such as America this is not as easily done. So we see a new trend occurring. Netflix began as a DVD rental by mail-service but has transformed itself into one of the largest sources for streaming media. Understanding the need for convinience, Netflix is eliminating the need for television as it is a purely internet based, streaming website. It’s subscription is cheaper then high level cable prices and its accessibility is unrivalled. It has now taken it one step further by releasing entire seasons of original shows straight to the website without appearing on a television network first. As a serial binger releasing all episodes at once is a tantalising but scary notion.
Netflix received 14 Emmy Award nominations in 2013 after its release of the critically acclaimed political drama House of Cards. Netflix also boasts ownership of the fourth season of the highly celebrated comedy Arrested Development and one of my new favourites, Orange Is The New Black. We might as well throw our televisions in the bin now!
It seems even President Obama can’t get enough of the convinience of Netflix, calling for House Of Cards to be aired a day early due to a snow day: Obama Wants House Of Cards Now!