I have been binge-watching this TV show – The Americans for a while now. I like it. You might like it too. I used to dislike streaming movies/tv shows online for two major reasons – buffering, and those irksome ads that are hidden all over the website.
Early this year, I found a website that wasn’t completely ridden with ads and hidden links, so I got over my distaste for online streaming and have since been streaming all the movies/tv shows I watch from that site, as opposed to downloading them first.
But such good things don’t last forever. About a week ago ((((week agoooo)))), I noticed that this site had become riddled with those annoying little buggers. Also, I moved to a new place and my internet connection in my new home was noticeably slower than what I had previously. So streaming my tv shows became stressful again, right in the middle of the second season of The Americans. Ugh.
Last night, I was going through the apps on my iPhone, deleting the ones I felt I no longer needed, when I found my Amazon Instant Video app. I had completely forgotten I had it. Now, as a member of Amazon Prime, in addition to this very awesome thing called 2-day shipping, you get free instant access to tons of music, e-books, HD movies, TV shows etc.
I opened the app and the first thing I saw was a huge banner of The Americans on the home screen and was like wheeeetttt?! I have been suffering all this while, fighting with ads, low quality video and horrible streaming, and this app has been here, all this while, offering me every single thing I ever wanted on a platter, fully paid for and just waiting for me to consume it. (Because it is a native iPhone app, specifically built for streaming movies et al, even in the face of poor internet connection, it performs a thousand times better than whatever a browser can deliver under the same circumstances.) Kai. I was sad at the thought of all the struggle I had been through.
Then I started thinking about how we struggle through life’s ups and downs, trying so hard to solve a problem that has already been solved in the best way possible, exhausting ourselves, and burning out eventually.
And I decided to write this piece.