There must be a better way to binge

I’ve been binge-watching TV shows and movies since the ’90s. First, he was scrolling through my sister’s old VHS recordings Doctor from And the unknown filesThen there was collecting and watching a whole series of segmented cartoons from places like Sam Goody and Suncoast. By the early 2000s, companies began releasing series by season rather than by episode (actually reasonably priced) which made watching parades a lot easier. Just popped into the library to pick up a season soprano Hekova was much easier than asking to borrow someone’s VHS recordings. Now, binge-watching the show is simpler than ever, but the biggest complaint is that people have to indulge in fear of spoilers and wish they could savor a show that is casually distributed.

I do not care. Spoilers are rarely a barrier to enjoyment for me and I’ve learned a long time ago how to make room for a really good show to heighten the episodic excitement. No, my problem with the current gluttony model is that it doesn’t take into account the common universes and all the strange viewing commands that could be required. It also doesn’t take into account older shows that are often broadcast in a different order from which they were produced, which leads to strange inconsistencies in the story as the characters are introduced long after they actually appear in the shows. And it seems that the solution to the problem should be easy.

Like Netflix, Disney +, Peacock, Paramount +, Whatever HBO Max and Discovery become Wage war with each other to be the best US streaming service that is frantically focused on content. Which wasn’t how streaming wars were supposed to be waged. The idea was that streaming would give us more choices, not just in content but in how we view that content. But instead of new ways to engage with shows, we want to see streaming services that focus on acquiring new franchises or pumping millions into their existing franchises. Anxiety about the actual experience seems to have taken a seat in the third row of the car.

This has led to strange situations like Lack of 4K and HDR support in a lot of content across these streaming devicesAnd the Privileges seem to move from one platform to another without a fussor HBO Max continues to ship one of the most challenging apps. shakewhere people are constantly subscribing to services and then dropping them when they see content they want to watch seems to have become such an expected part of the streaming business that there isn’t much focus on keeping people on platforms longer than the shows they wanted to watch.

But there are so many useful little tweaks that streaming services have refused to use that I sometimes wonder if any of the people who run these platforms actually use them. This brings me back to how hard it is to overburden older content. If you want to watch Star Trek: The Original Series You can either buy it from something like Apple TV or Amazon Prime or stream it on Paramount+. Either way, you’ll watch in broadcast date order rather than production order or in-universe chronological order.

watch something like Buffy: Vampire Slayer or CW’s Sparkle It is more difficult. These shows often include big crossovers with siblings shows, and unless you pull a guide somewhere to figure out the order in which these crossovers are shown, you’ll find yourself missing important parts of the characters’ story arcs.

“[P]The art of the promise that came with streaming was a “better than cable” experience that allowed for customization and organization creating a more intimate connection,” Julia Alexander, director of strategy at Parrot Analytics and former edge A reporter told me. “People watch TV series in different ways, in chronological order, release order, or by topic – but the services don’t allow for that customization, which is counterintuitive as to what makes streaming so great.”

This kind of customization shouldn’t be a problem. This is a very solvable problem for streaming companies because all they require are custom playlists – a technology that’s been around for a very long time!

“Creating a more personal and intimate viewing experience increases satisfaction, and makes the platform’s inherent value more visible, which can help increase retention,” Alexander said. “As companies vie for customer attention month after month, allowing for more personal organization goes a long way — and with such little effort.”

However, despite what should be a relatively low lift, the operators actually didn’t. It feels so weird that you can’t choose to watch it Star Trek: The Original Series In fan-favorite order rather than air date order it loads some of the smarter, sexist episodes of the series rather than the smarter episodes that have always made the show. This order was chosen nearly 60 years ago by a group of executives who were afraid of the sci-fi show and wanted to lure people with bikini-clad alien women and gods who love to engage in fistfights.

The Star Wars universe is another world that could benefit from playlists that allow you to view content in the order specified in the universe, rather than the order in which it was filmed. Are you supposed to watch single before or after The Mandalorian? where Obi-Wan Kenobi located opposite bad batch or the rebels or coming Ahsoka? Wouldn’t it be nicer if Disney+, rather than a Google search, could help you figure it out? Franchises like the giant Marvel Cinematic Universe, the smaller Snyder-verse, and even Grease anatomy, And the 9-1-1 From customizable playlists as well.

Looking at some of the streamers, like Paramount +, they already have Playlists designed to mimic linear channelsPlaylists that categorize shows in the order you prefer won’t be difficult. But it will require broadcasters to stop trying to figure out how many prestige offerings they can extract from established franchises and start thinking about what made broadcasting so attractive to begin with: selection.