The End of Binge Watching New Series May Be Upon Us

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The Apple TV+ streaming service debuts today at a reasonable rate of $4.99 a month. Jumping late into a quickly crowding field dominated by Hulu and Netflix, they’ll use big name stars like Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston starring in a new morning drama series to attract your attention.

And they’ll be adopting the new Netflix model as their new series are introduced. That means no more binge watching.

"John Talks" is a popular You Tube site featuring commentary by John Poma Jr. about media, most especially science fiction, which may explain his confusion watching people bake cakes. “The new season of The Great British Baking Show Collection 7, I never even heard of the show, is the first program to get the new updated weekly treatment.”

He’s referring to the new Netflix policy of releasing new episodes weekly, which is so old school, instead of putting out an entire season at once, as they did with House of Cards in 2013 and created a subculture of binge-watchers – people who spend hours or days endlessly watching hour-long episodes of an entire series in one sitting. In a world grown accustomed to consuming what media we want when we want where we want, that art of binging was working well for many. Netflix could change that, and so could the other new streaming services. The British bakers herald a new era.

AT&T is bringing out an HBO Channel streaming service and Disney is making a bold move into the streaming practice, but as they go forward the companies are patterning releases in the old school style of weekly releases, which means you can still binge watch older series, but if you get addicted to one of their newer offerings, you could have to watch weekly, and not cancel your subscription all season. That's probably the point.

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