Ordering food. Getting a ride home. Buying a ticket to see your favorite band. All experiences made more convenient as a result of the digital revolution. But watching a new hit show or, even worse, trying to track down your favorite movie? A time-consuming, googling process that makes us pine for the days of DVR and video rentals.
And we’ve all worse off for it. Netflix has notably suffered its first major stumbles in the last year, and the long awaited introduction of competing streaming services developed by Hollywood’s “Old Guard” — the Disneys, Paramounts and Peacocks of the world — have fragmented a market which originally prided itself as the easy alternative to channel surfing: users today have become all too familiar and all too frustrated with the compartmentalized nature of content.