Streaming is becoming the main way we get our media. In many ways, that’s truly great — being able to access enormous databases of music and video is unbelievably handy. I am… constantly forgetting to put new music onto my phone to listen to later. But unlike THESE GIFS, streaming isn’t perfect, and I have identified its flaws BELOW!
The Death Of The Episode
Remember the old days, when you didn’t have to binge everything? Where you could just pop on a random episode of a TV show, be it a sitcom or procedural, and enjoy some mediocre-to-decent television? Those days are over — try popping on a random episode of Jessica Jones and see if you have any idea what’s going on. The popularity of streaming has made content-creators think we only want to binge watch.
So Many Services
Once upon a time, Netflix was just about the only streaming option we had. But then, the people who owned the content saw how much money Netflix was making and thought “Hey, maybe WE should have our OWN streaming service!” So now, instead of a cheaper alternative to cable, we’re going to end up paying the same for all of these services as we did for cable, but with even fewer options.
My internet goes down so, so much more often than my cable ever did. In fact, my cable went down maybe half a dozen times while I was growing up? Now I have month-long stretches where my internet goes down every night until the morning.
Similar Original Content
As every streaming service starts making its own television shows, a lot of these shows are starting to feel the same. God bless Netflix for making a silly multi-camera sitcom (I don’t even like The Ranch, it’s just nice to have some variety), because I don’t think I can take any more dour, overly dark and serious dramas.
No Control Of Your Own Content
The nice thing about owning a physical copy of something is that YOU HAVE IT. It’s yours, and you can do what you want with it — lend it out, throw it in the garbage, whatever. But when everything is simply streamed to you, it can just be taken away. You can lose music at a rights holder’s whim.
Not A Ton Of Options
The nice thing about cable was that the incredibly expensive channels helped subsidize the cheap, niche channels. With people cutting their cords, and no longer giving small portions of their fees to channels that aren’t watched by a ton of people, those channels are going to die. that sucks for those channel’s small, dedicated fan bases.
Tough break, you big baby. Welcome to life.
Anything worrying you about the domination of streaming?!