Broadcast Cinema

Binge-watching.

Five years ago, it wasn’t even a phrase in our language. Now, it’s all over social media and in our everyday vernacular.

Netflix, Inc. is a provider of on-demand Internet streaming media. The company started out by mailing DVDs to customer’s homes, effectively putting Blockbuster and other similar type video stores out of business. But as the Internet grew in popularity, along with other DVD library businesses, Netflix knew it’d have to do something bold to keep its customer base.

And so, Netflix started creating original TV shows for its subscribers. Not sparing any expense, they produced high quality television with famous actors (i.e. Kevin Spacey in House of Cards) and releasing the entire season of a show all at once. This move, while seemingly counterintuitive and against the grain of the industry (why not make viewers wait week after week?), surprisingly, produced an addictive hook more intense than expected. Binge-watching — or sitting down for hours at a time to watch episode after episode — quickly became the norm when a new season or show came out. Once finished, they found people waiting (and chatting on social media with great enthusiasm) about the next season’s release date.

With just one or two shows offered, Netflix secured a loyal subscriber base that continues to grow. So how has this new past time of watching an entire season of a television show in one sitting changed America’s appetite for TV and the television industry? Read More

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About the Center

Middlesex Community College's Center for New Media is located in Middletown, CT.


The CNM offers innovative associate degrees in broadcast-cinema, graphic design, multimedia, and communication, as well as certificate programs in areas such as interactive entertainment, gaming, 3D animation, new media production, news and sports production, corporate media and web design.


We are a designated Center for Excellence in broadcast education and we prepare our students for jobs in the growing field of new media with a hands-on education.


Learn more about programs at MxCC's Center for New Media at www.mxcc.edu/cnm.


This project was funded by a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.

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