Television has changed so much in the last decade that it’s almost ridiculous to still call it television.
More and more people are turning off traditional TV, or cutting the cord as they say in the industry, and opting for online streaming.
Amazon, Hulu, Crackle, Yahoo, iTunes, and other streaming sites have created an entirely new way to receive content.
And if a clip gets picked up by You Tube and goes viral, that’s even better.
One outlet more than any other has changed how we watch movies and TV.
The online streaming service has been blamed for killing the video rental industry – it should be remembered that several years ago Netflix offered to buy Blockbuster, and the video giant turned down the offer, only to go out of business a few years later.
Netflix was founded in 1997. In 1999, it became the first business to offer unlimited movie rentals for a monthly membership.
In 2006. Netflix offered a $1 million prize to anyone who could design a better algorithm for recommending movies, which at the time would usually recommend Napoleon Dynamite for some reason.
In 2007 Netflix began streaming.
In 2013 it began creating original content. House of Cards was the first show it produced.
The culture of Netflix and online streaming is also responsible for the slang term Netflix and Chill – if you don’t know what that means, you’re probably old and married.