Hello fellow Netflix Nerds,

I’m Lauren Buckley, I’m a student at Quinnipiac University and a huge fan of Netflix! For the next several weeks I will be developing a fan community to share my enthusiasm for the great original series of Netflix. In the past year Netflix has gained 6.5 million subscribers (Techcrunch.com). The company has evolved recently away from being a DVD rental service to a complete online streaming library of TV and movies, both old and new. In addition Netflix has acquired exclusive rights to innovative new series, including the critically acclaimed House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.

Netflix is rapidly growing and changing the way we consume traditional TV. One thing that separates Netflix series from the rest is that Netflix distributes their content differently than your traditional cable network. Rather than waiting for a show to air each week in its given time slot Netflix posts all episodes for a season at the same time. You can take your time with a series and watch an episode at your leisure or you can binge watch. You have the ability of consuming content as quickly or slowly as you choose. Personally I love to dive in to a great show and see what happens in a season in a matter of days or weeks rather than over several months.

The negative side to this content distribution is that it’s hard to find other viewers who are at the same point in a series to discuss thoughts with. It’s easy to have a discussion with a friend or colleague about a typical series on cable, “Hey did you see this weeks Revenge? What did you think?” with Netflix series it’s not as easy. You can ask, “Hey are you watching House of Cards?” the person may say yes but you can’t start much of a dialogue if they’ve only seen the first episode and you’re about to start on the season finale.

My hope is that through Netflix Nerds fans can connect to each other to discuss their thoughts and opinions about Netflix original series. I will start this week by discussing Orange is the New Black Season 2, Episode 1 “Thirsty Bird”. I will be sharing my thoughts and post discussion questions for this episode. Please remember the purpose if this blog is so people can connect with other viewers in the Netflix community. Please do not post any spoilers.

Thank you for reading; stay tuned for my next blog!

“This blog has been created as part of the educational coursework for Quinnipiac University. The postings on my site are solely my own and do not reflect the views of Quinnipiac University or any of its employees, nor do they offer any professional, legal or medical advice.”


2 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. I love this idea. Reviews seem to fit very nicely in the blog format. Netflix has become a household name so specifying your content towards fans of the service seems spot on. Almost every day at work, somebody want to talk about this show or that show, so there is definitely a need to have an avenue of discussion online.

    -Francesco Todaro

  2. Hey Lauren, I think this is a great idea. I believe Netflix’s content distribution method is the way of the future, and finding easy ways to discuss shows will definitely become more difficult. As more and more people gain access to high internet speeds, streaming specific video content will undoubtedly continue to grow in popularity. The next big step for services like Netflix and Hulu will be obtaining live sporting contracts. I believe once that day comes the time of the classic cable provider will be over. With the rising popularity of smart TVs, mobile devices, and personal computers there is no reason all content can’t be streamed on demand through the internet. I look forward to reading your posts!

    -Mike Ferris

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