Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
I’m so mad. Every time I try to join the modern world and upgrade to some gizmo that’s supposed to make my life better, I fall flat on my face. The latest culprit? Netflix streaming.
We’ve been flying the red envelopes back and forth for years now, but we’d been hesitant to pop for another box and more wires just so we could stream video. Also: we’re cheapskates. Then came the Google Chromecast thingy ($35!), and we thought, Now’s the time. Signed up for Netflix streaming and started watching “House of Cards” and other popular stuff on demand.
But within a couple of weeks, we started having the dreaded buffering issues. Couldn’t make it through a whole hour-long episode of H of C’s without Netflix suggesting that we “try again later.”
There is no later! It’s TV time. Now. I want my goddamn show!
Well, “House of Cards” is one thing, but when it happened in Blue Is The Warmest Color? — that’s when I said, Fin.
Come to find out, this is all part of the Net Neutrality bandwidth crisis, which is going to allow bandwidth providers to charge certain customers like Netflix more money if they want to maintain acceptable levels of service. Clearly, when a lot of people want to watch at the same time — like every evening — Netflix can’t keep up with demand. More often than not, you’re not even getting HD. And when the movie or show is interrupted every two minutes by that spinning eyeball that gets stuck on 25%, you’re probably not getting the experience the director intended. Unless he’s sadistic.
Anyway. Done with Netflix streaming.
This is how society leaves its old folks behind…