I don’t care if it could destroy the Internet: Netfliex streaming has totally changed my life.
Okay, that’s not quite true, but I’ve had somewhat the same experience with it that I had with iTunes in the early days, when I used it to buy digital copies of singles I’d loved in high school and hadn’t heard in twenty years or more. There are lots of movies I haven’t seen in ages that I’ve watched again (though for some reason they turn out no to be so great– what was up with Ghostbusters 2?).
More interestingly, Netflix also drives down the cost of experimenting: it becomes incredibly cheap and easy to try a vast range of movies and to dive into unfamiliar genres. Scandinavian World War II movies? Spanish feral children serial killer films? Mountaineering tragedies? Thai action flicks? It’s all here, and if you don’t like what you’ve chosen, after 10 minutes you can switch to something else. (It reminds me of how picture-taking changed when I got a digital camera.) It’s like channel surfing, only there’s actually stuff to watch.
And the kids have access to every episode of Johnny Test ever created in this universe, which they seem to quite like.