Internet Protocol Television…. Also known as Netflix

Watching TV shows and movies comfortably in bed or on the sofa is the new “going out”. More and more people everyday subscribes to Netflix or Apple TV or platforms like those which guarantee you to watch all the newest movies and the newest TV shows on your computer instead of buying DVDs or going to the cinema. This new method is called Internet Protocol Television. It seems quite obvious and not so new to us but actually it is not. The Internet Protocol Television was born in 1995 but it wasn’t that popular. In 2008 it started gaining success in the first world countries but it still hadn’t the importance it has now. With the invention of Netflix and Apple TV and Sky Go and all these we all know is now one of the things we can not live without. Actually Netflix started as a DVD-by-mail service in 1998, and became a streaming service only in 2007; now it has 75 million subscribers, its own TV shows and movies and streams in over 190 countries. To access its services you have to pay from 8$ to 12$ (in order to have the basic account or the premium with some more facilities) and you can watch everything you like at home. I find this invention one of the most interesting and useful and the perfect example of media convergence.

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  1. I think this is a perfect example of convergence the way tv as changed its platforms and how we slowly but surely adopted the new convergence era. what i find very interesting is that yes we might say that this is changing lives and making it much more comfortable and easy to watch tv, However there is the side where I argue and i think a lot of people do, is that this type of convergence has been the cause of us the “younger generation” becoming so lazy and find our comfort in *binge* watching rather than going out with friends or the less older way of going to the cinema or watching Tv with our family and friends while it is going on. it allows us to be a lot more distance with those around us but at the same time you connect with a lot more people who watches the same shows, who comment in chat rooms or post statuses on Facebook or twitter.

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  2. As a television student, this example of media convergence is definitely an interesting one. The quote ‘The TV is dead, long live television’ from the Guardian article by Vicky Frost comes to mind, the fact that television is a sinking boat with all passengers fleeing on the rowing boats called Netflix, BBC iPlayer, 4OD etc. Although the original concept of television is becoming more and more irrelevant, it is in another form, growing and becoming a more quintessential part of many peoples lives.
    The convergence came from necessity I think. Not many of us have the time to sit down to scheduled television, having the shows on demand means we can have the choice of when we watch our favourite shows.

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  3. As a typical consumer, I love watching Netflix for all the shows that I want to see again or if I want to start a new series. But there is only one thing that I find particularly annoying is that new episodes take forever to be uploaded and I feel like I am missing a lot in the meantime. Because of this, internet protocol television is not a huge step forward from the traditional TV

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  4. This example of media convergence just reminded me of one of the media and society seminars we had last semester. We were talking about the competitions between traditional TV programmes and the contents on online platforms such as Netflix. As the wider range of contents for users to select from and the easy accessibility of Netflix, especially young audience have been attracted more by online platforms then traditional TV channels. I think we as audience have benefited a lot from platforms such as Netflix and Apple TV that provide lasted-updated contents with a reasonable price paid for them. But the only thing about these platforms is that some of the traditional TV channels such as BBC news are not showed on them for for example, copyright reason. Yet it is maybe the concern for older audience but surely not us watching news on mobile phone, haha.

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