My “esteemed colleague” Stuart Sweet can’t seem to grasp what millions of satisfied viewers already know. It’s that Netflix is the king of streaming service providers because it’s the king of original content. I don’t think he’ll ever get it, though. He decided to bash me and since I got an early look at his hatefest I had time for an honest, reasoned rebuttal.
Stuart doesn’t like Netflix because he doesn’t know what he wants from a streaming service provider.
If you want the truth about Netflix, you’ve come to the right place. The streaming service recently announced its plan to purchase ABQ Studios in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This purchase is huge news for New Mexico and Netflix. The streaming service provider plans to spend $1 billion on new productions in the state over the next decade. This will create as many as 1,000 production jobs each year. The news was announced Monday by Governor Susana Martinez, Mayor Tim Keller, and Ty Warren, Vice President, Physical Production for Netflix.
This is huge news for New Mexico and all Netflix customers. Now that the streaming service provider owns a production studio, it will create more new and exciting original series and movies. It already has a great track record with shows in that state. Previous Netflix productions in New Mexico include the Emmy Award-winning Godless, as well as The Ridiculous Six and Longmire.
Stuart has a lot of nerve to suggest that Netflix’s film selection is “full of garbage!”
He forgets that I read and remember his blog posts. I would call your attention to his Fall TV Preview 2018. It’s a relentless diatribe about the sad state of over-the-air TV… in the world according to Stuart Sweet, that is. He criticizes network TV for recycling and rehashing old ideas. For a guy who’s supposedly clamoring for new content, he then lambastes Netflix this week for doing just that. Way to move the goalposts, bud!
Since I’m clearly in the mood to debunk my coworker’s spurious claims, let’s talk about another one of his grievances. He thinks Netflix is too expensive. I say that a premium product comes at a premium price, and Netflix offers a premium product. If it wasn’t, millions of people wouldn’t willingly pay for this streaming service. Trust me when I say that Mrs. Buckler is the “gal” in frugal. If Netflix wasn’t providing a value, it would be long gone from Casa del Buckler.
Classic movie availability is another one of his complaints. Yes, Stuart, in a perfect world, there would be a streaming service that has a ginormous repository of classic movies. All of these would stay in the library forever, and you could watch them free any time you want. Such an idealized streaming service doesn’t exist and probably never will… not in our lifetime, anyway.
Why does Stuart constantly gripe and grouse about the way Netflix operates?
He’s always menu this and autoplay that. If it’s not that, he’s banging on about how categories system works in certain apps. Ugh! Here’s a clue, Stu: That stuff only matters to people from your generation. When Mrs. Buckler commands the remote, she’s able to find at least three shows (usually more) that we can’t wait to watch. Are Netflix’s operations ideal? Probably not, but We. Don’t. Care. Tiny operations issues aren’t enough to sour our overall viewing experience.
So, that’s my breakdown on why Stuart is completely wrong about Netflix…
… And I’m happy to take up the little challenge he left me in his blog. Remember? It was the one about the movie quote, “one brief shining moment.” It’s from the 2000 film, Miss Congeniality (2000), which was on Netflix at this time last year. No big loss. The movie is a stinker, but you probably love it simply because it stars William Shatner. (Does everything have to be about Star Trek with you?) I’ll bet you don’t know that the quote is a reference to a line in the old song Camelot. It says: “Don’t let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot.”
Camelot, eh? The term is often used to describe a time, place, or atmosphere of idyllic happiness… kind of like how I feel when I’m watching Netflix originals.