ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Are you a Streaming Binge TV addict?

Updated on August 3, 2013

Take control of your remote

This is where the addiction starts.  You have to press the right buttons or you will not be able to shut your TV screen off.  If it is on and another streaming episode starts, you will be lost in the binge TV endless loop of complete addiction.
This is where the addiction starts. You have to press the right buttons or you will not be able to shut your TV screen off. If it is on and another streaming episode starts, you will be lost in the binge TV endless loop of complete addiction. | Source

Has Netflix changed our TV viewing habits forever?

Since becoming a Netflix subscriber, I have become a TV Binge viewer. I freely admit it. Once I start watching a TV show, I get hooked and watch one, two or three episodes in a single sitting. I can't help it. Each show ends with a "hook" to the next episode and it is not a week away, but right there in the streaming queue. Ready to play immediately. So you take a peek at the next show and before you know it, you've watch it and then...on it goes.

By the end of the evening, you've binged on a few episodes without even giving it a second thought. It is only after a few nights of this that you realized, why did I ever watch TV any other way? Why wait until next week for the next episode of this gripping story? Netflix (and other streaming, on demand services) have gripped the TV addict in each of us.

The Delight of Discovering Hidden TV Gems

If you are like me, you don't have time to check out each and every new show when they are broadcast on the TV Networks. Then there are cable networks which compete for subscribers, cost a lot of money and so, you're only going to watch a few of them. Inevitably, there will be shows you've completely missed. Until now, they were lost to you, perhaps even cancelled for lack of an audience because time is short and who can watch everything all the damn time.

When you scan the listings on Netflix and see the "suggestions" it provides based on your past viewing choices and ratings (you can rate shows after you've viewed them and the Netflix algorithm will search for similar shows you've already rated highly), there is always something to watch and feed your addiction for more content. These are TV shows you never knew existed. So, new shows you've never seen or even heard of start popping up in the listings and you discover great TV shows. I mean, I've found spectacular shows that appeal to my quirky, sci-fi taste buds, shows like "Life of Mars" (both the US and British versions), "The 4400", "Flash Forward" and my new addiction, "Fringe".

Are you a Binge TV Addict Too?

view quiz statistics

Mad Men made me madly addicted to Netflix

So the one month free preview that Netflix offered was certainly enough to check out the service and see what was offered. But once I started the first few episodes of "Mad Men", a show I never watched before (certainly heard about but never checked out because it was on AMC), I tried to catch all the episodes before my free month was up. No way. Too many hours. So I became a subscriber, a TV binge addict.

I have since binged on many TV shows and watched movies as well. Movies are easy because they are only two hours. You can watch and leave. TV shows go on and on, for hours. I am a former "24" viewer when it was all the rage back those many years ago. Jack Bauer was my weekly obsession, to see what horrendous terror he was up against each week and what he was going to do (cross the line) to stop those bad guys. Now, I can condense seven years of addition into one endless stream of binge episodes. It is intense in a whole new way. The plots make more sense when you see them back to back. You can tie all the hints and sub-plots together with ease. You are engaged as much as you want to be.

So, thank you Mad Men for starting me on this new viewing habit that I cannot break. I am a binge TV addict now. I will never go back to broadcast TV and the dreadful wait for a week for the next episode, and then watch it with those annoying commercial breaks. Come on.

I can't believe I'm still watching Fringe!

Okay, this is getting completely out of hand! I'm 62 hours into watching Fringe and I still don't know who the bald-headed guys are or what the heck they are up to! And Peter is now a time travelling anomaly and no one knows who he is even though he's practically saved two entire universes.

I am going to stop and reclaim my life. I have to stop watching. But they have this hook at the end of each episode and I'll just take a peek and...oh crap, where did the last hour go? What time-warped parallel universe am I in? Where is my remote? Who are you? Why do you look like a shape-shifter and how could I even tell if you are or not?

Help me, I'm trapped in a parallel universe where TV shows just go on and on forever without stopping! It is the future and it is pleasantly terrifying, and only $8 dollars a month...

Mad Men


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)