Welcome to the first official Podflix & Chill blog!
If you are reading this, chances are you want to learn a bit more about the show and how it came to be. The story is quite simple.
The Queen's Gambit
On October 31, 2020 I completed a less than 48-hour binge of Netflix's The Queen's Gambit. The next day, I bought book and read it in less than 72 hours. I was eager to discuss the show with anyone, but there was a problem.
Prior to watching the first episode, I had only seen the series mentioned twice on social media. I was vaguely aware that it had to do with chess, but outside of that it remained a mystery to me. Feeling that a Facebook status or a Tweet would get lost, an idea formed for a podcast.
The Streaming Wars
The Queen's Gambit wasn't the only Netflix original series out there. Shows like Stranger Things and Black Mirror have devout fanbases. These fanbases, in part, have helped shape the Streaming Wars. In 2020, Netflix has spent an approximate $19 billion on exclusive original content. And they aren't the only ones.
Video-streaming platforms such as Hulu and Amazon Prime have doubled down on their original offerings as well, with popular shows such as The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) and The Boys (Amazon Prime). New streaming services such as AppleTV+, Disney+, Peacock, HBOMax, and more have also emerged with their own original content to offer.
With so many series/films being produced by so many companies, it's no surprise that The Queen's Gambit didn't immediately flood my social media timelines. If my friends are anything like me, it takes more time to decide what to watch than it does to watch it.
Subscribe, Rate & Review
Podflix & Chill was born out of a desire to discuss direct-to-streaming original content. My hope was to share with others what I was streaming and hopefully discover new favorites along the way.
While this still remains the foundation of the podcast, when new episodes return in 2021 I hope to bring a deeper level of insight into the Streaming Wars themselves. If you are reading this as a returning listener I hope you continue on this journey with me, and if you are just joining us I hope you stick around.