I can appreciate the insidiousness of the way Netflix has infiltrated our lives to the point that it’s become a verb (Netflix and chill). I’ll admit that, while I’m opposed to monopolies, there’s a part of me that just wishes every movie and TV show were available on a single streaming service. From a purely practical/financial standpoint, it takes a toll on the purse paying for Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Disney+ etc. etc. to access all the great content out there. Certainly in college I wouldn’t have been able to afford more than one service, so I can sympathize with your friends’ frustration.I'm a very late college student, and most of my classmates are ~10 years+ younger than me. When talking about movies or series, and something I mention gains their interest, they are often disappointed to hear if something is not available on Netflix, and therefore refrain from watching it. So the way Netflix has nested itself in our daily lives, and especially those of younger generations, is something that can certainly annoy me. I even catch myself watching pulp sometimes, just because it's late, I'm lazy, and choosing something quickly available from Netflix is the easiest way to go.
I guess in the end all that matters is whoever is willing to give Lynch the best deal.
But anyway, yes, there’s inevitably something nefarious about any corporation as pervasive as Netflix, and that is important to keep in mind. But as LateReg said, as long as they’re providing us with a great deal of quality content we likely would not have otherwise, I’m grateful. And it does seem with the rise of all these other streaming services, a lot of existing content is leaving Netflix for other platforms, as Netflix focuses more and more on original content. So I think the competition has made Netflix a lot less monopolistic the past few years, if that’s the concern for anyone.