ICYMI, Netflix announced and rolled out an update that allows mobile users to download videos directly to their devices, rather than stream them via a WiFi or, more likely, a data connection. Have you ever heard such amazing news?
Yes, yes, there are things like medical advancements and new technologies and shifts in the social sphere and all of that but for us, the little people, this is big news. We already pay too much for cell phone plans that seem to charge us for everything up to and including our eyeballs.* From what I understand, the competition to provide downloads in place of data overage fees, is why Netflix decided to allow downloads for some (the ones they are legally allowed to) of its titles. Ah yes, I do love the smell of competition in the evening. It’s likely we (United Bingewatchers of America) owe our gratitude to services like Amazon Prime, which downloads videos to users’ devices for later viewing. As someone that is too cheap for multiple video services (full disclosure: I mooch off of my mother’s Netflix account), this news is particularly joyful. I’ve weighed the pros and cons of each streaming service but Netflix won out, entirely due to the fact that it’s my mothers. Millennials, right? Always looking for handouts.
In any case, until now I haven’t had much of an opportunity to watch anything. The collective pseudo-science is that television rots your brain (or maybe that’s just the reality shows), but I’m of the opinion that I watch too little television. Like it or not, the society we live in revolves around media. Whether it’s a movie, a show, or a new album, popular culture salivates over the lives of the rich, famous, and/or fantastical. It’s easy to feel left out when your friends get together to discuss and obsess over a show you’ve never even heard of. Plus, have you seen the production value of shows these days? Companies pay obscene amounts of money to create an hours worth of content. It definitely makes me a consumer, but excuse me while I hunker down and take it all in. There’s no argument that cinematics today are leaps and bounds better than they were even ten years ago. Nostalgia for low-tech movies aside, I’m all for it.
And the best part? I can watch it on the bus on the way home from work. I can watch it on the way to work, too, but I’m not usually conscious. In any case, that’s four hours of my day I have no choice but to sit still. I usually read, or sleep, or stare blankly out the window, but now I can add some new shows into the mix.
If you’ll excuse me, I have some episodes of Stranger Things to watch.
*I also mooch off my mother’s phone plan, for which I am grateful. Thanks, Mommy.