New year, new Netflix fix

New shows and movies have been added to Netflix. Photo credit: Carly Plemons

New shows and movies have been added to Netflix. Photo credit: Carly Plemons

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January, a month that brings in the new year and new Netflix releases to binge watch.

Users are either going to find themselves thrilled or disappointed by the new releases and some favorites being removed.

A few of the new movies and shows available on Netflix include:

· “Parks and Recreation: Season 7” (final season)

· “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 10”

· “New Girl: Season 4”

· “We Need to Talk About Kevin” (2011)

· “Adult World” (2013)

· “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” (2015)

Netflix is even adding a new series of the well-known favorite “Degrassi” called “Degrassi: Next Class,” Season 1 will air starting Jan. 15.

As all avid Netflix users should know, some favorites were also taken off such as:

· “Almost Famous” (2000)

· “A Clockwork Orange” (1971)

· “The Virgin Suicides” (1999)

· “Zoolander” (2001)

· “The Graduate” (1967)

With new movies and shows are added and others are removed, how is it decided whether your favorites make the cut? Licensing costs and titles that are more popular determine what stays or goes.

“With the help of the Internet, we are putting power in consumers’ hands,” said Reed Hastings, co-founder and chief executive. “To watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device.”

Shows and movies that aren’t watched enough are removed from Netflix’s streaming and the costs are used to gain licensing rights to new titles.

In an anonymous Twitter poll consisting of 55 votes from my Twitter followers, I asked, “Are you satisfied with the movies and/or shows that Netflix streams?”

The majority of voters seemed to be dissatisfied with 66 percent voting that Netflix streaming could be better, 20 percent of voters said “No” and 16 percent said “Yes.”

Aside from the noticeable dissatisfaction among users, Netflix is constantly adding and removing shows to try to evolve in a sea of customers demanding their fix.

A Netflix press release in January stated, “In 2016, the company plans to release 31 new and returning original series, two dozen original feature and documentaries, a wide range of stand-up comedy specials and 30 original kids series.”

“I like Netflix,” said Samantha DeCoster, sophomore psychology major and Netflix user. “It isn’t my go-to place for shows. Some of them can be a couple of seasons behind, but I usually watch it when I can’t find anything on Hulu or HBO GO.”

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Chico State sophomore psychology major, Samantha DeCoster Photo credit: Carly Plemons

Netflix also has their own exclusive series that you can only find through their streaming such as “Orange Is The New Black” and “House of Cards.”

Many users join the Netflix bandwagon specifically for their exclusive shows alone, which draws in more people to become susceptible to binge watching.

Since 2007 Netflix has expanded globally, reaching audiences all over the world including Canada, Japan, New Zealand and 60 other countries.

“From today onwards, we will listen and we will learn, gradually adding more languages, more content and more ways for people to engage with Netflix,” explained Hastings.

Carly Plemons can be reached at [email protected] or @plemnz on Twitter.

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