On February 1st, 2013, Netflix made TV history in a couple of ways. First of all, they released their first original, self-produced series, House of Cards, and secondly, all 13 episodes of season one were available for download immediately. Following the release, there was quite a bit of chatter around the interwebs—some asking if this is the end of cable TV as we know it, others ruminating on how the full release robs us of our chance to actually discuss each episode’s happenings while waiting seven days for the next, and even some wondering if the habits of consumers have started to write TV scripts.
It’s hard to believe that when our parents were growing up, it wasn’t unusual to have just one television in the household, when everyone gathered on the living room carpet for a wholesome, all-American program each Sunday evening. Fast forward to present day, many of us have multiple TVs in our homes along with laptops and iPads (read: portable TVs)—meaning we can watch our favorite shows anytime, anywhere, and (sometimes), all at once. Online, on demand, on DVR; our options continue to multiply as companies strive to make content more and more accessible.
So, what are your thoughts on the subject? What are your TV watching habits? Have you ever spent a weekend on a marathon TV binge? What do these evolving trends mean to you?