The ever-growing popularity of streaming services such as Netflix could threaten already established forms of media such as cable television.
By Zachary Rhine
News and Feature Editor
In 1900 the word “television” was coined and added to the dictionary. In the 1930’s the first television networks such as ABC and NBC began experimenting with national broadcasting programs. By the late 1950’s, televisions were in the homes of over half of all Americans.
Because technology has been so readily available to our generation ever since we first learned to walk and talk, we often forget just how new of a form of media it is.
But media is constantly changing, expanding, and evolving. Dials on the TV were replaced by remotes. Soundless, colorless movies were replaced by action-packed blockbusters.
But sometimes what is new isn’t always for the best. As human beings we often get distracted by the new, shiny toys and forget how enjoyable our old ones are.
In 1997 a small company was founded that would later go on to colonize the modern on-the-go streaming services. This company would become known as Netflix.
Netflix is a DVD rental and internet-based video-on-demand service provider that has grown increasingly popular in the 2010’s.
Last year a study found that 6.5% of Americans canceled their cable; all while Netflix hit an all time high in the number of their subscriptions; ending the year with 75 million subscribers, according to CNN.
The Huffington Post contributes this to the fact that while more people are moving away from the traditional cable television outlets, providers are still increasing the cost of their bills.
I, like many people that I know, have both cable and Netflix. Both provide something that the other does not, and both excel in areas that the other struggles in.
Netflix is nice for “binge-watching” old TV shows I’ve never seen or need to catch up on. But cable TV has live events such as the SuperBowl and award shows.
The question we must ask ourselves now is: Is Netflix worth losing a part of this culture we as millennials have created?
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