Episode after episode, back-to-back seasons, Dixie State College students idle away their downtime with Netflix.
It’s easy to lose track of time with online access to about 20,000 TV show episodes and about 3,000 movies. According to a Dixie Sun Poll conducted on Oct. 22 including 15 students, 14 out of 15 students on Dixie’s campus stream content using Netflix regularly.
Dustin Campbell, a junior psychology major from Santa Clara, said he watches a wide variety of TV shows on Netflix everyday after work.
“If I can’t find something else to do, I just keep watching,” he said.
Jeffrey Knowlton, a junior English major from St. George, said during the four days he recently had been ill, he watched his favorite childhood TV shows and also an overwhelming amount of documentaries.
“I watched an episode of ‘Freaks and Geeks’ with James Franco in it,” Knowlton said. “I had seen it before when I was a little kid, but it was terrible, not like I remember.”
Erik Reisner, a junior computer science major from St. George, said Netflix is easy to access and reasonably priced at $7.99 a month. However, he said the selection of movies available isn’t always the best as there isn’t newer content.
At www2.Netflix.com/top100, the top six most viewed movies currently include “The Blind Side,” “Crash,” “The Hurt Locker,” “The Bucket List,” “Sherlock Holmes” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Unlike Netflix’s most viewed list, 30 students said they prefer using Netflix for watching TV shows. Their top six favorite shows were “Walking Dead,” “Vampire Diaries,” “White Collar,” “Workaholics,” “The Office” and “Gossip Girl.”
“I’ll watch whatever looks interesting,” Reisner said. “The most recent thing I watched was ‘How I Met Your Mother.’”
Campbell said he prefers Netflix to regular TV because he doesn’t have to be annoyed by commercials.
“It’s better than actual TV,” Knowlton said. “People are trying to sell me things on TV. Also, the movies out [for rent and in theaters] these days are all junk.”
Netflix’s selection is good enough for Campbell, as cruising through entire seasons of “The Office” with friends is well worth the time. He said when one episode is done, he can start another one and not have to wait a week.