Monday, April 27, 2015

Viewing the Future

Television has always been a part of my life.  When I was young the TV was the focus of the living room.  We even ate in front of it.  And we watched whatever was on.  Seen this before?  That's too bad, there's nothing else on.  Now that I've grown, I don't watch a lot of TV.  I have other interests.  But when I do the world is my oyster.

For $8 a month I get more TV than I'll watch in my lifetime.  I'll never keep up with all the great stuff being added.  And to top it all off, Netfiix is making their own content.  The other day I find out that they are making a Darevil series.  Not only is it available now, but the whole the whole first season is available now.

Netflix knows that people want to watch a show in order.  They know that they usually want several at a time.  They know they don't want the experience to be broken up by commercials.  I feel like they've gone over the heads of established content companies, and decided to give people what they actually want.

And what about the numbers?  They're accurate.  No show is going to get canceled because it's viewers were not counted correctly.  They're not even giving out the numbers.  They own the shows, and the delivery mechanism.  They can afford to fail a bit, and want to take the pressure off of the creators.

I don't want to sound like a Netfiix cheerleader.  I'm not happy that they doubled their prices the same week their only competitor, Blockbuster, files for bankruptcy.  And Hulu and Amazon are doing some great stuff too.  Hulu even picked up The Booth at the End for a second season.

I know people still tethered to the old system.  Some of them are still paying a lot of money for cable.  Others are happy watching reruns of whatever happens to be on, and are still wondering where their flying cars are.  Ignore them.  This is the future, and it's great.

So is Daredevil, by the way.

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