by Christine Bumatay

When I moved to Paris, I gave up television – and swapped it for Netflix.

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Paris  est  belle.  I  studied  in  the  City  of  Lights  when  I  was  18  years  old,  and  it  was  one  of  the  best  adventures  of  my  life  so  far.  Besides  from  my  university  being  a  few  blocks  away  from  the  Eiffel  Tower,  I  have  many  fond  memories  of  living  in  Paris.  However,  everything  was  extremely  expensive — most  importantly,  cable  and  Internet.  Embracing  both  clichés  of   being  a   “broke  college  student”  and  a  “cheap  Americaine,”  I  decided  to  pay  the  lovely  $7.99/month  subscription  for  a  wonderful  cornucopia  of  pleasures  found  on   Netflix.

With  over  50  million  subscribers  in  40  countries,  Netflix  is  the  most  popular  TV show  and  movie  streaming  service  in  the  United States.  During  peak  evening  hours, the  service  is  using  up  to  34%  of  America’s  Internet  capacity.

Even  with  its  amazing  perks,  we  all  know  how  difficult  Netflix  can  be  due  to  its  endless  choices  of  shows  and  movies.  I  remember  having  to  finish  my  French  Literature  paper  at  a  nearby  café  due  to  my  addiction  with  the  sitcom  show  How  I  Met  Your  Mother (HIMYM).  Luckily,  Netflix’s  brand  new,  easy-on-the-eyes  layout  consists  of  a  multi-genre  collection  tailored  towards  your  preferences.  

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Though  I  am  not  living  in  Paris  anymore,   I  am  still  your  quintessential  broke  college  student,  and  you  bet  I  am  proud  of  it — because  I  have  the  excuse  of  ditching  that  two  hundred  dollar  cable  bill  and  instead  use  a  fast,  convenient,  and  tailored-for-me  service.  I  can  use  it  anywhere — on  my  laptop  while  in  my  room  trying  to  block  out  my  roommate’s  current  “dish”  on  Thursday  night’s  Pike  party,   or  on  my  phone  while  chugging  my  way  through  Monday’s  cohort  of  sluggish  crowds  on  the  Metro.netflix-share-account-uk-tiers-price-plan-hd-4k-ultra-hd-share-password-netflix-family-members-online-share-netflix-password-onl-632874

Let’s  face  it:  Netflix  is  the  Goodwill  of  video  streaming  services.  My  Netflix  account  is  extremely  convenient  and  most  importantly,  made  for  me — broke  but  epic  college  gal  who  adores  cheap  things  and  has  an  unhealthy  attachment  to  quirky  international  movies  and  HIMYM.  


 

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