Elizabeth Untama / Gavel Media

Is the Age of Binge-Watching Coming to an End?

The internet is spinning with rumors that Netflix will be phasing out the binge-watch method that has given it so much popularity. The initial possibility of a per-week release model for all shows raises the question of which method is better.

Weekly releases could bring back the excitement of waiting for new episodes each week and promote conversations about shows without anxiety concerning spoilers. Additionally, it creates an opportunity to carve out an hour or two of your week to relax with friends and enjoy a show. Nevertheless, there is something to be said about spending a rainy day in bed finishing all the seasons of your favorite binge-worthy show.

However, there’s no need to fear an overhaul of Netflix’s platform. The company responded to the rumors on Twitter, saying, “The weekly release of licensed titles (like The Great British Baking Show) isn’t new and in hopes of keeping Rhythm + Flow’s winner a surprise, we’re trying something new! But it’s not happening with more shows than that.”

Accordingly, Netflix is adapting a per-week release model for both The Great British Baking Show and Rhythm and Flow because binge-style streaming may hinder the surprise-factor of these competition shows. Meanwhile, other classic Netflix originals, such as Stranger Things, will maintain their binge-ability. 

Opinions about this debate have overwhelmed the internet. Many argue that Netflix is known for being the birthplace of the binge-watch, which has created an entirely new culture surrounding television and entertainment. There is no risk of missing an episode, as you can watch the season at your leisure, and there is no desperation to solve per-episode cliffhangers.

Viewers rely on Netflix’s classic streaming to continue supporting the “Netflix and Chill” culture and could push back against sudden changes to the way they release new series. On the other hand, it may be beneficial to shake things up in order to keep Netflix at the forefront of streaming. Viewers spend weeks discussing the release of the next season of a popular show, however, once the entire season is released and binged, the buzz can die off within days.

A per-week release model could keep the conversation going throughout the season run-time. With all of these considerations, will Netflix reconsider its season delivery method for all of its shows?