There must be a better way to overeat

I have been watching TV shows and movies since the 1990s. First, I was reviewing my sister’s old VHS records Doctor who and The X-Files, then there was collecting and watching whole series of anime on a piece from places like Sam Goody and Suncoast. In the early 2000s, companies began airing series by season instead of by episode (at affordable prices), making it much easier to watch shows. I just go to the library to pick a season The Sopranos it was much easier than borrowing someone’s VHS records. Now watching a show is easier than ever, but the biggest complaint is that people have to overeat for fear of spoilers and want to be able to enjoy a show that is broadcast sporadically.

I don’t care. Spoilers are rarely an obstacle to enjoyment for me and I have long since learned how to make space by watching a really good show to maximize the occasional thrill. No, my problem with the current overeating pattern is that it doesn’t take into account shared universes and all the strange viewing orders that may be needed. Nor does it take into account older shows, which are often broadcast in a different order from which they are produced, leading to strange inconsistencies in the story, as the characters are introduced long after they actually appear in shows. And it seems that the problem must be easy to solve.

Like Netflix, Disney +, Peacock, Paramount + and whatever HBO Max and Discovery eventually become are at war with each other to be the best streaming service in the US, they are furiously focused on content. Which didn’t have to be streaming wars. The idea was for streaming to give us more choice not only in the content, but also in the way we view that content. And yet, instead of new ways to engage with the shows we want to watch, streaming services are focused on acquiring new franchises or bringing millions into their established franchises. Concerns about the real experience seem to have settled in the third row of the car.

This led to strange situations such as lack of support for 4K and HDR in a lot of content in these streamers, franchises seem to be migrating from platform to platform without fanfareor HBO Max continues to deliver one of the most buggy apps around. Drainingwhere people constantly subscribe to services and then turn them down when they watch the content they want to watch, it seems to have become such an anticipated part of streaming business that there is little emphasis on actually keeping people on platforms for more. long of the duration of 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 running these platforms are actually using them. This brings me back to how difficult it is to overeat 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 to Paramount +. In both cases, you will look in the order of the broadcast date, as opposed to the production order or the chronological order in the universe.

Watching something like that Buffy: The Vampire Slayer or CW The lightning is even harder. These shows often include large crossovers with their brotherly shows, and unless you pull out a guide somewhere to find out how to watch these crossovers, you’ll find that important parts of the characters’ story arcs are missing.

“[P]The art of the promise that came with streaming was a “better than cable” experience that allowed personalization and curation that created a more intimate relationship, “said Julia Alexander, director of strategy at Parrot Analytics and a former Border the reporter told me. “People watch TV shows in different ways, chronologically, in order of release or thematic – but the services don’t allow for that personalization and it’s counter-intuitive to what makes streaming so great.”

This type of customization should not be a problem. This is a very solvable problem for streaming companies, because all they need are custom playlists – a technology that has been available for a very long time!

“Creating a more personal, intimate viewing experience increases satisfaction and makes the inherent value of the platform more apparent, which can help increase retention,” Alexander said. “As companies struggle to keep customers’ attention month after month, allowing more personalized curation is a long way – and with so little effort.”

And yet, despite what should be a relatively low lift, streamers haven’t actually done so. It’s very strange that you can’t choose to watch Star Trek: The original series in a fan-preferred order instead of the broadcast date, which fills up some of the show’s most macho and sexist episodes instead of the more brainstorming ones that made the show so enduring. This order was chosen nearly 60 years ago by a group of CEOs who feared the science fiction show and wanted to lure people with alien ladies in bikinis and gods who love to take part in fist fights.

The Star Wars universe is another that can benefit from playlists that allow you to view content in the order they are set in the universe, not the order in which they were filmed. Do you have to watch solo before or after The Mandalorian? Where Obi-Wan Kenobi falling against The bad batch or Rebels or forthcoming Asoka? Wouldn’t it be better if Disney +, instead of searching on Google, could help you figure this out? Franchises like Marvel’s giant cinematic universe, Snyder’s smaller verse and even Gray’s Anatomy, and 9-1-1 will also benefit greatly from custom playlists.

Given that some streamers, such as Paramount +, already have playlists designed to mimic linear channels, the playlists that arrange the shows in the order you prefer should not be difficult. But that would require streamers to stop trying to see how many prestigious shows they can get from established franchises and start thinking about what makes streaming so enticing in the beginning: a choice.

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