PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta explores the ways in which streaming services like Netflix and Hulu as well as the more recent trend of releasing entire seasons at once are changing the way television is created.
Watching our favorite TV shows is one of the most fundamental ways we entertain ourselves. And for most of TV history, these stories were simple and episodic: you could watch one episode when it aired, and it was a self-contained story. But now that we have the ability to find the whole back- catalogue of a show online, is it changing the way TV show are CREATED? Not only can people catch up without waiting for a DVD release, but entire seasons are released and consumed in a single weekend (thanks Netflix!) How might that be changing the types of stories we’re being told?