Why Won’t Disney Let People Binge-Watch Like Netflix Does? – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

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Some observers think Disney+ could be a Netflix killer simply by existing. Disney may be new to the streaming game, but it has more than 90 years of content to draw upon. Now it seems Disney has figured out another way to upend Netflix: by actually curtailing binge-watching.  And in a preview of just how intense the streaming wars are going to be, now comes the news that Netflix is doing some weekly releases too. While this may seem to go against the entire point of streaming, there is actually a good reason for it.  Disney Plus | Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Disney+ — no binging ‘The Mandalorian’ for you Marvel/Star Wars fans were no doubt already making plans to pop multiple bags of popcorn and to pop multiple pills of No-Doz so they could watch all of The Mandalorian or The Falcon and the Winter Soldier all in one go. Now the Mouse House has thrown cold water on those plans by announcing that episodes will roll out weekly, not all at once, according to TV Line.  Fans had gotten used to binging after Netflix made all episodes of a season of House of Cards and ....

I get to find out if Eleven will be OK right now!” Now Netflix wants to go back to the old way the weekly release of licensed titles (like Great British Baking Show) isn't new and in hopes of keeping Rhythm + Flow's winner a surprise, we're trying something new! but not happening with more new shows than that — Netflix US (@netflix) September 3, 2019 Netflix is going weekly with some of its own shows, starting in October, including The Great British Baking Show and Rhythm & Flow. The idea is this actually increases the value of the shows by spreading the wealth, according to this Yahoo report. Audiences have become particularly prickly about spoilers these days, and binge-watching has a lot to do with this. With everybody watching shows at a different pace, that meant that some viewers were further ahead than others. On social media, someone would reveal they watched a particular episode and somebody else would respond, “Dude! Spoiler!” The new/old system of weekly shows would again put viewers on the same playing field.  TV Line’s piece put it well by saying “The conversation around any given show quite famously and demonstrably ends within ....

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