STREAMING MEDIA: Why I Like Netflix

 

By Osasere Imade

Whether you watch television or not you probably know about the streaming service Netflix. Above and below are only some of the most popular dramatic series from this service which have received mainly high praise for their plots and characters. You do not have to subscribe to Netflix to know at least one of these shows , but if you do not, then you must not know how much Netflix has grown over the years.

Netflix began in the year 1997, founded by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph. Originally it became a rival of another popular entertainment provider during the 1990s called Blockbuster. Blockbuster was an American-based vendor of new or rentable videos and video-games, known for making videotapes and DVDs available via their chain of “brick and mortar” rental shops.

Netflix emerged with a cheap mail-order subscription system for video rentals during the time of Blockbuster, then once faster internet download speeds became possible, it got into the growing business of direct delivery of content via media streaming.  That’s how Netflix  beat Blockbuster and became the more popular and lasting service. Ultimately they had enough paying subscribers to start developing original programs the better to compete with traditional cable and televidion stations.  Today, as America’s streaming giant, Netflix’s  net worth hovers around  41.1 billion dollars.
Now that you have the history of how Netflix came to be, you can begin to grasp how successful Netflix has been. Besides initially streaming commercial movies that you paid $8 a month for, it now also offers access to documentaries, cancelled or classic television shows, and several original dramas and comedies. I cannot name you all the shows and movies Netflix has right now, but I am sure you have heard of at least one.

I am not here to convince you that you should start watching Netflix. However, I do want you to be aware of what you might be missing out on, since their shows range from complex dramas in a jail setting, to dark explorations of White House politics. Netflix has even been heavily involved with support from social media, their shows “going viral” based on how funny or serious they might be. That is one reason why having Netflix could help you understand what everybody online might be talking about.

If you don’t like the top-ranked shows that Netflix has right now, they also stream less popular, less well-known ones, whether they are original programs or not. Even television shows that normally air on different networks can often be accessible through Netflix.
Once you have Netflix it will be like your own personalized television station where you can watch unlimited movies and television shows. Having Netflix means having a whole new world of entertainment to choose from.  Now that you know what Netflix can offer you, perhaps you will take the chance to sign up with the service and come to love it as much as I do.