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