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Binge watchers rejoice, Netflix isn’t actually switching to weekly releases

The Netflix world headquarters building in Los Gatos, Calif., in March 2014.

By Sabrina Edwards

There have been a lot of mixed messages recently regarding Netflix’s release schedule, however, for the most part, the streaming service will not be switching to a weekly release schedule.

While Netflix won’t be switching to weekly releases as a whole, a handful of the shows will be. This is due to licensing agreements with certain companies, like Love Productions who produces “The Great British Bake Off.” Netflix is getting the broadcast rights directly from Channel 4 networks, this makes them able to drop episodes the same week they air in other countries. 

Other streaming services like Hulu, Amazon, and now Disney+ will all be releasing episodes weekly. By doing this, these platforms hope to give their viewers the chance to discover multiple favorite shows weekly, said Craig Erwich, Hulu’s svp and head of content, at the Television Critics Association’s press tour.

Hulu has been dropping a few episodes at once and then switching to weekly releases. For shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu released the first three episodes all at once, then switched to weekly releases.

However, the question remains: is it better for the longevity of a show if it’s episodes are released weekly? 

“People talk about shows more when they are released weekly,” said Allison Bair, a 19-year-old GRCC student from Hopkins, Michigan. “There’s something to look forward to. When you drop shows all at once they can be forgotten about. Like for example, “Supernatural, when they had their monster of the week, there’s something to look forward to with each episode.”

Many people are catching word of this and jumping to the conclusion that every show will now be released weekly. Netflix stated in a response on Twitter, that weekly releases will only be occurring with “The Great British Baking Show” and “Rhythm + Flow, a music competition show that first aired on Oct. 9. As of now, these are the only two shows that are going to be affected by this change.

“I would prefer if they switched to weekly episodes, I do like to binge but at the same time it can build the suspense up,” said Hayden Karnes, a 19-year-old GRCC student from Grand Rapids. “With Netflix, it’s more like what’s going to happen next season, not the next episode.”

“Spoilers are really bad now,” Bair said. “I’ll be starting the second episode of some shows and I’ll be seeing spoilers about the end of the season, with shows on prime-time cable it’s harder to fall behind because you have time to catch up.”

Many companies see binge-watchers as a negative thing, they want people to sit on what they are watching, not binge through it and then move onto the next show. 

“I haven’t even watched some shows yet, like the new season of “13 Reasons Why”, and I already know how it ends,” Karnes said. “With shows like this it’s not that serious, but I’d rather find out the ending myself.”

While not all of Netflix is switching to weekly releases there is a possibility that viewers could see others series switching over to this schedule, especially on different streaming services.