On a rainy Saturday, when you're in no mood to do household chores, there is no gravitational force stronger than your couch. And thanks to streaming services that let you binge on both past, recent and original shows, it's easy to spend an entire afternoon without moving.
The idea of binge-watching was foreign just a few years ago, but the rise of streaming services and the ever-increasing number of millennials has made it a big part of the entertainment landscape.
"They've taken the traditional TV broadcast model and turned it on its head," said P.J. McNealy, founder and CEO of Digital World Research. "The behavior of binge-watching is foreign to the broadcasting model. I think it's largely generational. It's the younger demographics doing it. This comes at a time when virtually any device is a viable consumption screen — and the younger generation are satisfied with smaller screens."
As binge-watching has become more common, it has become increasingly important for streaming services to rely not only on old broadcast series, but to create their own 'must see TV' — resulting in programming like "Orange is the New Black" and "Transparent." (Beyond competing with traditional networks, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu are also fighting with stand-alone services from HBO and Starz for viewers.)
"This is still evolving," says McNealy. "At the end of the day, you want enough content to keep people on your service, so once they finish binge-watching 'The Archer,' they have something else to roll into. ... Original content is driving differentiation between the services."
To keep customers happy — and loyal — streaming services regularly roll out new shows and seasons. Here are 10 upcoming programs that are likely to be favorites among couch surfers.
— Posted 12 Aug. 2016
Disclosure: Comcast, which owns CNBC parent NBCUniversal, is a co-owner of Hulu.