Confessions of a binge watcher
Posted 8 August 2014 12:00 AM by Cindy Earehart Rinker
I confess. I binged. And I will do it again as soon as the next season is available.
“Orange is the New Black” – the Netflix original series based on the memoir by Piper Kerman – was released on Friday, June 6. By Sunday, June 8, I had watched all 13 episodes. The last episode was so off the charts that I watched it three times.
Is it a self-control issue? Maybe. I prefer to think that the excellent writing, compelling characters and intricate plotline sucked me in and, like a hungry puppy, I gobbled it up and licked the bowl. Now I will howl and wander aimlessly until “House of Cards” comes on in January.
Netflix is not the only option. There are Hulu, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google play, Vudu, YouTube, Blockbuster, Epix, Crackle, even Blockbuster, to name the better known ones.
Why do I choose to stream content from the web instead of watching one of my 400 cable channels? Don’t get me wrong. I spend plenty of time with the TV. The benefits of streaming content from a provider are that you can access original content (like Orange and House of Cards), watch movies and documentaries, and you can explore TV series that have been off the air for a while. I can also watch when and where I choose. I have streamed content on my tablet in the living room using my earbuds while my husband was watching some sports show on the regular TV.
I went to the beach one summer and it rained the whole time, so I spent a lot of hours watching “Lost” which had been off the air for years at that point. I believe it was so much better watching it in this fashion, because you could keep up with the maze-like storyline better without the weeklong wait in between shows. I really hated the ending, but the journey was worth it. Great characters.
I use my television, desktop computer and tablet for streaming content. I have watched episodes on my mobile phone too, but that is my choice only when I have no other. Like when I am waiting for my oil change. I have a Samsung Galaxy phone, so the screen is a nice size – for making phone calls. Not really for watching shows.
So get your binge on. Dive into a delicious series. “Scandal” comes to mind. Politics, fashion and romance. What more could you want out of a show? Pass the popcorn and fire up the tablet!
Cindy Earehart Rinker is a marketing supervisor at Shentel and an avid TV viewer and content streamer.