Why Streaming TV Should Be Considered a New Genre

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

Why streaming TV should be considered a new genre

Netflix and Amazon shows releasing a full season at a time "are more than simply TV series as we’ve known them,” says James Poniewozik. "They’re becoming a distinct genre all their own, whose conventions and aesthetics we’re just starting to figure out.” He adds: "Traditional television—what the jargonmeisters now call 'linear TV'—assumes that your time is scarce and it has you for a few precious hours before bed. The streaming services assume they own your free time, whenever it comes—travel, holidays, weekends—to fill with five- and 10-hour entertainments.”


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