12 Amazing Advances In TV Technology (That Make TV Worse)

Streaming services revolutionized the TV-watching experience. There's no denying it! Everything's different now that we have Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and the three new companies that launched while you were reading this sentence. There are now lots of ways to watch lots of great shows...but what if that system is unsustainable, counterintuitive, and worse than plain old cable in sneaky surprising ways? And what if there are other new amazing TV technologies that are comically weird and stupid? On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by comedian and podcasting titan Jimmy Pardo (Never Not Funny) for a dive into the bizarre business decisions and technological missteps that make modern TV frustrating to watch in hilariously weird ways. And stick around for what Viewers Like You can do to have the best possible TV-watching experience.

Footnotes:

Never Not Funny -- The Jimmy Pardo Podcast

12 Ways Streaming Services Are Getting Worse (Cracked)

HD Remakes Are Making All Of Your Favorite Shows Unwatchable (Cracked)

You Miss Video Stores (Even If You Won't Admit It) (Cracked)

6 Insanely Complicated Ways Hollywood Tried To Stop Spoilers (Cracked)

Netflix consumes 15 percent of the world's internet traffic, report says (Mashable)

Climate change: Is your Netflix habit bad for the environment? (BBC)

The Complete List of Streaming Services - 100+ Services (Flixed)

The battle between streaming platforms is getting nasty - here's how much it'll cost you (The Next Web)

Americans Want to Pay $21 for All Their Streaming Services Combined, Poll Finds (The Hollywood Reporter)

Changing Channels: Americans View Just 17 Channels Despite Record Number to Choose From (Nielsen)

The First Wireless TV Remote Looked and Worked Like a Sci-Fi Ray Gun (Gizmodo)

Everything you need to watch Netflix in VR (The Daily Dot)

Netflix 'Doubling Down' on Interactive Series After 'Bandersnatch' Success (Variety)

The Most Popular 'Bandersnatch' Choices Show We're Not All Complete Monsters (Vice)

Twitter thread by Michael Veale (@mikarv) about using GDPR rights to see Netflix's logs of his 'Bandersnatch' choices

How 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' saved this man from prison (New York Post)