When Netflix started, it was a simple DVD rental and delivery service. It changed how we rent movies and, in only a few years, managed to almost completely destroy video rental stores. As far as I see it, cable is next on the chopping block.
With the evolution of instant streaming, Netflix has completely changed the way we view accessibility to entertainment.
Netflix offers most everything I might need. They release new movies in every genre that I can go through at any time, and watch at my own schedule. There’s entire series of television shows (aside: I would like to thank Netflix for catching me up on Parks and Rec., introducing me to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and opening my eyes to Breaking Bad) and gives me an incredible variety of movies that I can watch whenever I want. I can access it on my computer, on my phone, on my XBOX, wherever I need it.
Cable? No, I can’t do that with cable. I have to pay for a separate box, pay for what channels I want (and let’s face it. HBO is necessary if you’re going to have cable), and pay extra for a DVR. Come on.
I don’t have cable. I find it to be an unnecessary cost in a world where everything is instantly accessible on the Internet and one cord plugs my computer into my television. Netflix also gives me way more bang for my buck: the cost difference of $8/month vs. about $60 is ridiculous. When I’m rich, and don’t have to think about that kind of expense, maybe I’ll get cable again.
Cable, as far as I’m concerned, is losing the younger generations to instant streaming accessibility, and is in serious trouble as a content delivery system. And now that Netflix is producing original content with the incredible House of Cards and the upcoming season of Arrested Development (which I’m convinced is going to crash the Netflix servers the night it premieres), they have changed the game again.
If Netflix continues to successfully produce its own shows, they won’t have to rely on cable networks for content the same way cable relies on them for distribution.
Now, what once started as a complimentary source of content to cable is a legitimate, Emmy worthy, competitor.