5 Reasons Why TV is Killing Movies
Once upon a time, movies were the thing and TV shows were considered second class citizens in the world of visual storytelling. But somewhere over the last 10 to 15 years the script was flipped and TV now reigns supreme. Here are 5 reasons why:
If you want to watch a movie, you have to get dressed, get out of your house, and drive to the theater. If you want to watch a TV show, you press a few buttons on your remote control and it's showtime. Since people now are lazier than they've ever been (myself included), it's easy to see which one is more appealing. There's also the fact that one movie ticket costs $15, and your Netflix subscription, which gets you access to hundreds of titles, costs less than $10.
Back in the day, if you wanted to watch your favorite TV show, you had to be home at the exact time that it came on. Or you could "tape" it on your "VHS player".. 2 terms people under 25 have never even heard of. But Netflix and DVR made it possible to watch whatever you want, whenever you want and that changed the game completely.
Although I personally don't like binging shows, I understand why so many people do. In the age of cell phones and the internet, we've all become used to instant gratification and binging falls right in line with that. It's a perfect match.
A movie is anywhere between 90 minutes and 3 hours long. A typical TV show is about 30 times longer than that. I got into Breaking Bad by the 5th episode and when I realized that I still had over 50 hours of this awesome show left to watch, it was a uniquely exciting feeling. And that's something movies, no matter how great they are, can't give you.
The biggest reason TV shows are more popular than movies is that they're just better. Way better. And that's mostly due to writing. The writing in TV is miles ahead of the writing in movies. The movie industry is becoming more and more focused on entertainment rather than art, and TV has done the exact opposite. And in doing so, they've managed to find the perfect balance between the two.