[And therein lies the paradox inherent in Netflix's business model:
Allowing consumers to consume at their own speed contradicts the company's
financial imperative to keep them on the service paying the seductively cheap
flat monthly fee of $8 for as many months as possible.]After 5 years
of subscription, it's the main way I watch TV/Movies. Worth every penny.
Turns being sick for a weekend into fond memories.
Netflix knows what they are doing. The traditional TV/Cable model is dying. I am
29 years old and I can say that neither me nor any of my friends my age have
traditional TV or Cable subscriptions. We all consume our media through an
internet connection that is hooked up to our TV's. We want to be able to
watch our shows when we choose. We are willing to pay the costs of subscriptions
for services like Netflix that let us view shows on demand. This is the model
media providers must adapt to if they wish to survive.
I agree. I love House Of Cards and am almost all the way through Season 1. I too
gave up cable years ago an have relied on Netflix and Hulu for the bulk of my TV
viewing. Media is evolving, and networks need to figure out how to do evolve
too. Sure, if ALL my favorite shows were on the same night, didn't overlap
and there weren't more than 3 or 4 that I liked, then that would be great.
But that's impossible, and while I loved having my Tivo, I hated paying for
it. I much prefer to devote an hour or two here and there when I can and get
caught up. I much prefer watching a season straight through as opposed to
waiting from week to week to see what happens next. Plus with Netflix, I can go
back and watch old favorites. I just recently finished watching all 9 seasons of
Magnum, P.I. I think Netflix's model will better allow them to
develop a following over more time, without having to be slaves to advertisers
who pull their money if the show isn't a runaway success in the first 2
As far as I'm concerned, it's better to not watch very much TV.
PA Rock Man - count me as a 47 YO who cut the cord on a $120 per month cable
bill and switched to $16 a month for Netflix and Hulu Prime subscriptions. I
have to go to Buffalo Wild Wings a couple times a year to watch football games
I'd like to see, but I really don't mind that considering I'm
saving $1200+ each year. And I really never needed to watch 10 hours of
football on Saturdays and Sundays in the fall. The only thing I
really miss is Fx's Soccer Channel with weekly Premier League and US
National Team matches. Those are things that I regularly watched, but I
don't miss them enough to pay to go out and watch them.One of
these days we'll have true ala carte style TV consumption, where we pay
only for the channels we watch - and all channels are available (legally)
online. Only then I will be really happy with my programmin choices...
nothing worth watching either way anymore
No need to worry about keeping people paying the monthly fee. They're not
going anywhere. If they've watched all of one show, they'll just watch
it again or find something else on Netflix to watch.