If You Have Netflix, You Probably Watch TV On It

    July 12, 2012
    Zach Walton
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I’ve been a Netflix subscriber on and off again since the very beginning. When they began to offer unlimited streaming, I was all over that. I could watch any move I wanted and it was glorious. Now I find myself moving away from the movies and more towards TV shows. It turns out that I’m not alone.

A Nielsen study from today has found that the number of people using Netflix to watch TV shows has gone up eight percent to 19 percent in 2012. That’s still nothing compared to the 47 percent of respondents who use Netflix to watch movies, but that number is actually down from 2011’s 53 percent.

If You Have Netflix, You Probably Watch TV On It

Netflix is becoming a TV powerhouse thanks to their tireless efforts to gain the rights to many of our favorite TV shows. I rarely ever watch TV during the first showing because I’m usually too busy with something else. Netflix lets me watch all of Parks and Recreation in one sitting compared to waiting a week for each new episode. Being able to sit back and watch all the episodes in a row without commercials is definitely a major selling point.

Another big boom for Netflix TV viewing is the company’s creation of new original content. While I haven’t really checked out much of their current original programming like Lillehammer, I think I speak for everybody when I say I’m super excited for the return of Arrested Development later this year.

Interestingly enough, the amount of people who watch movies and TV content equally didn’t budge much over the past year. It declined from 36 percent to 35 percent, but it seems that a large section of Netflix viewers are using the service to its full potential. You can expect to see the numbers of TV viewers on Netflix to increase when the service drops all 10 episodes of the new season of Arrested Development. If it doesn’t, people are using Netflix in all the wrong ways.

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    There are so many options nowdays to watch movies or to download them that the TV show aspect has become more attractive. Netflix should focus on on this medium.

  • Mike Smith

    Sidereel or Clicker access all TV shows, no matter where they are (the networks, Hulu, Amazon, etc.), including free and paid options. So far, all the TV shows we have wanted to watch (both old and new) have been free, except we purchased a 2011 season for one show from Amazon (after watching the first 4 seasons for free on Hulu). But one thing nice about Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime is that you can sign up for just the time that you need it (one month) to watch an old series if it is not available elsewhere for free, and then cancel.