M Thomas Apple Author Page

Science fiction, actual science, history, and personal ranting about life, the universe, and everything

A brief rant about Netflix: No, that’s NOT what “original” means

August 6, 2019
MThomas

IMG_7075

This is not a complaint about Netflix in general (well, not necessarily, but anyway). Without Netflix, I might have gone, shall we say, a little…

img_2250

…this past winter. I’ve been working temporarily in Montréal, several thousands miles of miles apart from my family, and being able to watch movies and older TV shows has been a great escape from the depressing monotony of single life.

But I feel the need to tell Netflix that I do not appreciate their use of the word “original.”

IMG_7077

Altered Carbon actually is an original series by Netflix, yes. But…

Original is an adjectival noun used to denote the uniqueness of something, particularly a creation (originated, started by, made by, filmed by, created by, broadcast by).

The Frankenstein Chronicles was originally broadcast on ITV in the UK.

Final Space was originally broadcast on TBS in the US (actually, the pilot was on Reddit, and the first couple episodes were online, so Netflix is simply lying its pants off on all accounts with this one).

Knights of Sidonia was originally broadcast on MBS in Japan (and was also taken off Netflix in Canada with NO prior warning at all for NO reason, which is BEYOND irritating).

(I might go on and on, but these three examples are enough, I think. Also, they kind of let you know my viewing preferences…)

NONE of the above are “Netflix originals.”

IMG_7078

WRONG! Final Space is NOT originally by Netflix. This is NOT what the word “original” means. Netflix means “online exclusive.” Although even then they are LYING.

Yes, Netflix actually has original series and movies. Blame! is an actual Netflix original production and broadcast. So is Disenchanted. So is Altered Carbon. So are many others.

But labelling everything an “original” is a misuse of the term and constitutes false advertising.

Netflix, if you haven’t produced something and aren’t the first company to broadcast, it is not an “original.” It might be an “online streaming premiere” or it might be an “exclusive” if it’s only available online in one streaming provider.

But it’s NOT “original.”

Stop screwing around, Netflix. Your false advertising and Orwellian newspeak is not acceptable.

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Blog at WordPress.com.
Michelle Rose. Reflection of My Journey

Drowning in the busyness of life, and how I stay afloat, and find peace and stillness amidst the chaos

No Time For Pants

Life Tips & Hacks for Success

The Express Yourself Freely Blog

Laugh first, laugh more, and laugh again!!

Damyanti Biswas

For lovers of reading, writing, travel, humanity

Into the Light Adventures

By Sandra Js Photography - Make the rest of your life the best of your life.

VOXmarley

Writes quietly. Reads out loud.

While We're Paused...

The Lantern Hollow Press Blog

%d bloggers like this: