Netflix, we have had a long-term relationship. Do you remember when you started off as a little company that would send me DVDs in the mail? I would list them in my queue, and you would send me the next one on my list if it was available? Oh, those frustrating days of waiting for the next disc to arrive when I was trying to binge watch a series. It was the worst.
I remember how excited I was when you rolled out your streaming service. I stood by you as you steadily increased your cost. It made sense. Quality product requires revenue. It’s crazy looking back now. The catalog of movies, television, and Netflix originals has increased substantially. The constant buffering and pixelation are gone. Your service is top notch. You have been my preferred streaming service for over a decade. But listen; this is important. You’re slipping. You have a lot of competition now. With networks creating their own streaming services and pulling series from your database, that puts you at a real disadvantage. You have Amazon Prime that comes nicely bundled with music, video, photo storage, and free 2 day shipping on products. Apple TV has put out several QUALITY series so far. HBO Max gives access to HBO’s archive of shows and movies new and old, great nostalgic series, and is just getting started with original material. Then we have Hulu that offers next day series, movies, options for live TV, and premium channels to be added on.
However as someone that is reviewing your many movies and series, let me tell you what frustrates me the most. You keep cancelling everything we love. Do you know how many people adore “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”? Or how about when I review something like “The Society” and end my article with a note about how a second season has been promised only to have you come back and say you’ve changed your mind? Netflix giveth and Netflix taketh away. And I don’t liketh. I often write my articles before your cancellations are announced and published at a later date, so it makes me look stupid. Plus, I am trying to share hidden gems (or warn people of trash). What’s the point of getting started in a series if you are just going to abandon it? Please Netflix, do better. Blaming the pandemic doesn’t fly. Take the extra time to refine your production. We will still be here. The rest of the entertainment world is also in stasis. Please listen to the fans. If you don’t, you’re really going to miss us when we drop you for other streaming services.