To Binge or Not to Binge...on TV Shows

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Written by George Hancock Jr. | Last Updated October 10th, 2019
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The question reminds me of those contentious ideological questions in politics, like "should everyone be able to carry firearms?," but it's not as big a deal, is it? Hulu thinks you shouldn't be able to binge on entire seasons of TV shows. That's what the internet keeps saying but publicly, the streaming TV company say they want you to be able to discover new TV shows each week. They're not going to offer full seasons of TV shows, for binge-watching, as much as competitors.

Netflix, the elephant to Hulu's donkey, so to speak, thinks you should be able to watch TV until you're fat and unable to get off of the couch. But is it really a question of what you should be able to do, as we have often posed it? Maybe it's a question of what the companies want to do, so they can achieve their goals in the long run. After all, you can choose whatever streaming platform you want. You're not forced to use one in particular. The politicality...ugh.

Craig Erwich, Hulu's head of content, recently said he "values the shared experience and the joy of the water cooler that is television," and that the non-full-season approach will "allow us to get the shows out to our audiences faster without waiting until full series completion."So yea, Hulu wants to become the next kind of television. It's like the old kind of television, which makes you wait a week before you can see the next episode, but it's streamed instead of "tuned into."

You can discover new shows on almost any streaming platform, right? There's more to a streaming platform than when and how you can access episodes. If you always binge, the "anti-binge" news about Hulu is relevant to you. Otherwise, let's look at programming, pricing, ads, apps, mobile compatibility and the many other factors that carry weight in your decision of which streamer to subscribe to.  Happy watching, TV fans.

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