This comic strip will strike a chord with many readers who have spent a long time idly skimming through the streaming options trying to find something to watch. It can be difficult even if one is alone and there are no competing views.
I have pretty much given up on searching through the catalog as a way of finding films. It is very rarely that I stumble across anything that I think is worthwhile to spend a couple of hours on. When I do find something, it is a title that I had heard about before and made a mental note of as possibly interesting and then forgotten about it. What I do now is maintain a list of films that I would like to see based on reviews or recommendations, and then wait until they become available in some format.
This is a good illustration of the paradox of choice, where the more options one has, the less satisfied one is because of the feeling after picking a possibility, that if one looked a little more, one might find something better. Nowadays, there are so many streaming options, both paid and free, that it can be overwhelming.
I wonder about the economics of the business. It used to be that films were made to be first released in cinemas and then later released as DVDs or for streaming. It amazes me that nowadays so many high production value films and mini-series are being made by the streaming services themselves and bypass the cinemas altogether. Even though there are so many streaming platforms with the consequent fragmentation of the market, it looks like they are still able to make money.
When I was in growing up Sri Lanka, films were one of the cheapest form of entertainment, that we went to if we had nothing better to do. Since there were very few cinemas, we ended up watching a wide variety of films, some of which were really awful, the kind I would never have chosen if I had more choice. Some of the terrible ones I still remember because we would be convulsed with laughter while watching it and discussing it afterwards. Two of these that come immediately to mind are Valley of the Dolls (1967) and Lost Horizon (1973). Some films we went to even though we knew beforehand that they would be bad, so starved were we of entertainment options.
So having more choice is welcomed, even if it makes selection difficult and time consuming.