What Broadneck students think about the brawl between Netflix and cable.
Nearly all Broadneck students watch TV, and Netflix seems to be the preferred way to do it, no matter which show is their favorite. Often small talk around the halls of Broadneck consists of what new shows Netflix has added and what to watch or not to watch. In fact, only one person in a poll of 40 Broadneck students reported not having access to a Netflix account.
The poll also revealed that almost 20% of students don’t watch any cable TV anymore. Lilly Kidd, a Broadneck sophomore, explains why she prefers Netflix to cable TV. “First of all, you can download episodes and it’s more convenient for you because you can put it on your mobile device,” she said, “and it costs way less.”
The teens of today can now binge watch their parent’s favorites on Netflix, like the beloved 90s, sitcom Friends. Friends was the most commonly watched show out of 21 to choose from in a poll of Broadneck students. 75% of participants have watched part of or all 10 seasons of Friends with the convenience of Netflix.
Another plus side of having an eight-dollar Netflix membership is access to their increasingly popular original shows, including Orange is the New Black, 13 Reasons Why, and Stranger Things.
Stranger Things was originally released in the summer of 2016. Since then, the sci-fi drama has become popular worldwide and the phenomenon hit once more with the release of the second season in October 2017. Adults loved the flashback to the 80s and teens, like Evan McCarthy, seemed to enjoy the setting too.
Broadneck senior, Evan McCarthy’s favorite show is Stranger Things. “I like, as weird as its gonna sound, the nostalgia of it,” McCarthy says, commenting on his Stranger Things obsession. “They also have the storylines moving with everyone, and it all converges well. It’s just really well written,” he says.
With 50% of students at Broadneck watching 7 or more hours of TV a week, it’s clear such companies make a great deal of money off our generation. According to the Leichtman Research Group, Netflix’s 50.85 million subscribers just passed the number of cable subscribers last year. While McCarthy believes Netflix and other streaming networks to be the end of all cable TV, sophomore Elizabeth Zarrilli says, “I don’t think Netflix will take over because people who like sports still like cable.”
Whichever side you take on this issue, Broadneck kids have made it clear that Netflix is here to stay, but cable may be on its last breath.