Binge viewing: Netflix, Amazon, iTunes fuel the frenzy

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  • infoman Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 4:07 p.m.

    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.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 5:11 p.m.

    nothing worth watching either way anymore

  • statman Lehi, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 3:24 p.m.

    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...

  • srw Riverton, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    As far as I'm concerned, it's better to not watch very much TV.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 11:50 a.m.

    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 episodes.

  • PA Rock Man Allentown, PA
    Feb. 5, 2013 11:19 a.m.

    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.

  • Mukkake Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 10:46 a.m.

    [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.