Flipping or ‘flixing

Students evaluate browsing Netflix over flipping channels


Leighton Schwille / Legacy Media

According to the U.S. Total Video Report, 46 percent of U.S. households with five or more people subscribe to Netflix.

Over the years, several countries find themselves in the warm embrace of Netflix. Recently, Netflix launched in Europe, starting in France. Netflix has made 1.33 billion in the U.S, due to the increase in people who purchased and viewed Netflix. Netflix is also starting to decrease the demands of cable.

Netflix is a portable on-demand platform founded by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph with shows and movies that viewers can watch almost anywhere. Founded in 1997, Netflix started increasing in subscription in 2009 when they offered over 100,000 titles of films and television shows.

Netflix receives millions of positive reviews from all over. Sophomore Shelby Graham has been subscribed to Netflix since elementary school and enjoys the variety it offers.

“I didn’t have a TV back then, so cable wasn’t an option,” Graham said. “I did, however, own a laptop and I kept getting advertisements for Netflix. I signed up and now I spend most of my time wondering what I’m going to watch when I have time.”

Graham states that although she is a cable user, she still watches Netflix frequently.

“Cable isn’t as sufficient as Netflix, because with Netflix I have more options and can watch almost anything I want whenever, even on my phone,” Graham said. “Also, Netflix doesn’t have commercials, which is fantastic. It’s a great way to socialize now a days. A lot of people my age also share the glory of Netflix.”

Like Graham, sophomore Madie Garcia recommends Netflix. Garcia feels that Netflix is far more convenient than cable because with cable, viewers are interrupted with advertisements and cannot easily navigate to the next episode.

“There’s nothing worse than getting to an intense part of a movie or show and having to let out a breath of frustration because a commercial interrupts the moment,” Garcia said. “It’s also frustrating when there’s a huge cliffhanger and viewers know the new episode is out, but the way the cable schedule is set up they’re unable to watch it immediately. It’s really infuriating and not the best situation for impatient people.”

Even though Netflix is only $11 a month, it fails to the capture the hearts of all people. Freshman biology teacher, Darlene Brower, has had cable for 30 years and says that she does not think she will ever make the transition.

“Although cable is expensive and they raise prices every once in a while, I just don’t think I need Netflix,” Brower said. “I’ve had cable for so long now that I’m used to it.”

Freshman World Geography teacher, Stacy Flower, has also had cable for 30 years. However, she bought Netflix a couple years ago and states that lack of options and rising cost caused her to discontinue the service.

“A few years ago, there wasn’t nearly as much on Netflix as there is now,” Flower said. “Netflix doesn’t have the news, and I for one love to stay tuned into what’s going on. However, I would consider getting Netflix again if I didn’t have cable.”

While both cable and Netflix have their strong points, Freshman Amber Hood is a solely dedicated to Netflix and says that she would replace cable with Netflix any day.

“I watch Netflix more than cable so I wouldn’t mind just getting rid of cable,” Hood said. “I believe that someday Netflix will be replace cable because Netflix is portable and cost much less. Whenever I watch TV, I want to be in control of what I watch, and viewers don’t get that with cable.”

In the end, people see both the advantages and disadvantages when it comes to Netflix and cable.

“Netflix does have a lot of popular shows and movies and it’s cheaper than cable, however, the disadvantage of Netflix is it’s not quick to update new seasons, episodes and movies,” Flower said. “With cable, I can get new episodes at least once a week, something that I cannot get with Netflix, but both are fairly resourceful.”