Move over all you cute, fluffy puppies. Man has found a new best friend, and its name is Netflix. Netflix is taking over America’s living room and has no plan of moving out. The video-streaming provider began streaming in 2007 and has only gained popularity since. It has monopolized everyone’s free time and even some not-so-free time. You have homework? Who cares! Watch Netflix. You have to leave in ten minutes to get to class and you haven’t even showered yet? That’s okay! Go ahead and finish that episode of “Friends.” Netflix gives instant gratification and allows the viewer to binge-watch every episode of every season with the click of a button.
Not only does Netflix stream movies and TV shows that date back to the 1940s, but they also stream shows that have just aired. They even create their own television shows. “Orange is the New Black” is now one of the most popular and successful shows in the entertainment industry and that was all thanks to the brilliant creators at Netflix. They allow more provocative and mature content to stream from their company, which opens up the door for more creativity and controversial topics to be discussed in the media. You would never be able to see any of the members of the LGBTQ community having sex, transgender people actually being represented appropriately and respectfully, or hear the f-bomb being dropped. Netflix produces content that represents real-life people and that’s why it’s so popular and refreshing to the American viewer.
However, North America isn’t the only continent who wants quality content. Netflix is now expanding into Asia! The streaming service launched in Japan last week and has plans to expand throughout the entire region, including India and China, in 2016. Although, because of the strict censorship by the government, Netflix will have to edit their content to be approved by other countries, specifically China, in Asia. It will be difficult for Netflix to expand into more conservative countries, but with the overwhelming demand for new content I think Netflix will conquer Asia and then eventually the rest of the world.
Netflix is taking over the world. Not only is it great for Netflix, it is also great for the world. By introducing new ideas and a new creative medium to the rest of the world, it enables the ability to connect and communicate with people across the world through entertainment. No other media, as of right now, is able to do that and that’s why Netflix is so original, popular, and more than simply just a way to watch your favorite TV shows.
Netflix is opening doors to new ideas, new concepts, and successfully represents all races and sexualities. It’s refreshing and allows other people to open their minds to different walks of life and maybe even acceptance in the process. Netflix definitely isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.