Like Will Ferrell’s character in “Bewitched” the movie, I have a new love and I’m not afraid to yell about it.
This love is for Netflix, the over-the-top video service many of you probably discovered long ago, but which I just recently started using. You see, until I tuned in to Netflix, I viewed video primarily from my DVR and Apple TV.
It was dark, but now I have seen the light.
I signed up for Netflix this summer when my teenage daughter wanted to check out “Doctor Who,” which a friend had recommended. She didn’t latch onto that particular program, but both of us (and my husband too, to the extent that he can be interested in non-sports entertainment) got addicted to the shows “Arrested Development” and “Parks and Recreation.” Netflix has also turned me on to a lot of really interesting documentaries, including “Beauty is Embarrassing,” which is about a very creative artist named Wayne White; “Get Vegucated,” the tale of three New Yorkers who give up meat and dairy; and “Sleepwalk with Me,” which may not technically be a documentary, but tells the story of a comedian who does dangerous things in his sleep.
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It was easy to sign on to the service. It’s all-you-can-eat. We don’t have to put up with watching or forwarding through commercials. And it’s fun to watch a few episodes at a time when my daughter is recovering from a softball game or a soccer match. Perfect.
Apparently, we are not alone in our love of binge-watching Netflix. A Nielsen report released last week says subscribers of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime are streaming video “at a breakneck pace.” Nielsen also says that 88 percent of Netflix users and 70 percent of Hulu Plus users stream three or more episodes of the same TV show in one day.
Speaking of Hulu Plus, we tried that too, just so we could see the latest season of “Parks and Recreation.” Thumbs down on Hulu Plus! If you are considering doing a free trial, read the fine print, as you need to drop the trial well before a month in order not to get charged. But what we really dislike about Hulu is the ads. I hear the Subway jingle in my sleep.
For more good karma on Netflix, check out my buddy Bob Wallace’s posting.
Edited by Alisen Downey