Netflix, the Television of Tomorrow
Lately, it seems like online streaming is dominating our media. Has cable become old news, only to be pushed aside by companies like Netflix? These Campbell County High School students and teachers have their opinions to share.
A few people are completely addicted to streaming their favorite shows. “When I want to watch a show that’s already out, I prefer Netflix,” math teacher Amanda DuVall said. “My family marathons shows like How I Met Your Mother. My daughter watches Barney, or Jake and The Neverland Pirates.”
“I love Attack on Titans, Kitchen Nightmares, and Family Guy,” junior Angel Shetley said. “My friend has been getting me into Criminal Minds lately.”
“I watch animes like Soul Eater and Death Note,” senior Megan Birdie said. “I don’t have cable.”
It seems like one of the reasons classmates are so addicted to Netflix is the complete lack of advertisements. “American Horror Story, Orange is the New Black, and How I Met Your Mother are my favorites,” senior Miguel Varela said. “It’s only $8, and you get all the shows you want to watch. Only 10% of it is good, but there are no commercials.”
“I prefer Netflix over cable,” sophomore Marlee Holdeman said. “Commercials are dumb. I’m sticking with streaming.”
For some, it’s the quick and easy manner that wins them over. “Netflix is more convenient than cable. I watch horror films,” junior Isabel Dominguez said. “I only watch cable when Netflix isn’t working.”
“I watch cable sometimes, but I like Netflix better,” junior Shantell Hillius said. “I can watch several episodes in a series whenever I want, and I don’t have to sit through commercials.”
Some teens recently started streaming seasons. “Of course I watch Netflix,” junior Jacob Oleson said. “Right now I’m watching Parks and Recreation and The Office.”
“I just started watching Parks and Recreation,” junior Tori Christopherson said. “I don’t have cable.”
Cable isn’t completely out of the ring, either. “Cable has a lot of variety. On Netflix I don’t get to watch anything live,” senior Ashley Torres said. “I can see what’s coming on, and with DVR, I can record shows.”
“On cable, I watch the news,” photography teacher Paul Waldum said. “We have Netflix, but my kids watch it.”
“Occasionally I watch cable, but usually only when I’m at a friend’s house,” sophomore Gabby Hertz said. “It’s the same for Netflix. I like to watch Disney movies.”
Even though the way people consume media has changed, the majority of Americans are still glued to their favorite programs.