For decades, HBO has touted itself with this motto: “It’s not TV. It’s HBO.” Well, I think Netflix might wanna copy that with something like: “It’s not HBO. It’s Netflix.”
For a decade, Netflix was the DVD-by-email company that helped destroy Blockbuster Video. But it knew it had to grow with technology, and its streaming service has become even more popular: Movies on demand. And old TV shows.
And now, exclusive content.
It started this winter with House of Cards, the $100-million 13-part drama with Kevin Spacey, and they followed it this summer with Season 4 of Arrested Development — all with a lot of gay appeal.
But neither of those comes close to the queer delights of Orange Is the New Black. What makes Netflix different than premium cable like HBO (and let’s face it, that network does incredible work, including last night’s season debut The Newsroom) because rather than tease out episodes one-per-week, Netflix dumps an entire season (13 eps) on one day.
That’s what it did with Orange, and watching every episode is how I spent much of my weekend.