by: Kevin Peling and Kian Huynh
Since the pandemic, streaming services have been on the rise. Hit streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and many more services have put cable tv on the back burner. Companies make more shows and make more money, thus being able to make better and more quality shows giving viewers more choices.
Since there is a plethora of shows and entertainment these days, it raises the question: What are people watching?
Due to COVID, there has been a significant increase in steaming sales at a record-breaking pace. Since 2019, there has been a 30% increase in sales for just Netflix. Other streaming platforms like Disney+ have grown to be making $19.2 billion in just 2 years.
In an interview with senior Colin Shanley, he talked about a show called “Vikings” on Prime Video. It is about Vikings traveling around the world, conquering the land. Colin likes this show because, “It's a very interesting show with lots of action and little to no filler episodes.” He also said, “There is always something going on in the show.” He likes to watch shows with his family on the weekends.
We also spoke with Owen Carey, a junior at Wethersfield High School. In our interview, we talked about his favorite show called “Rick and Morty.” He said he enjoyed the “explicit” and “hilarious” jokes. Owen uses Hulu exclusively saying, “Ads shouldn’t be on TV or streaming services” I took his word for it as he watched Hulu for 12 hours in one sitting with not a single ad in sight.
In another interview, we interviewed Ms. Cerderia, a student teacher for Mr. Martin’s journalism class, we talked about what shows she watched recently, some of these consist of “Riverdale,” “Bridgerton,” and the most recent season of “Stranger Things.” She says she watches “Only two hours, in my bed with my laptop.” As a college student who is focusing on studies, this isn’t too surprising.
Senior Kyle Smith is also an avid TV watcher. His favorite show is “The Office.” During the interview, he said that he enjoys watching the comedy because, “I enjoy the cast and the plot line of the show.”He also said “I watch TV when I’m doing homework or washing dishes.” He spends roughly 20 hours a week watching TV in his room.
Overall, these students expressed how they enjoyed using streaming services. Is streaming services the way to go now? Write down in the comments if you prefer cable TV or streaming services and what you’re watching.
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