Bitcoin Featured in Billions Season 5 Premiere: A Signal Towards Mainstream Adoption?

  • Bitcoin, the largest crypto in market cap, is gradually finding its way to mainstream TV with the latest mention being in Billions season five.
  • The Satoshi coin was featured in the premiere episode of this finance savvy TV show and has since sparked adoption sentiments across industry stakeholders.

This BTC highlight will undoubtedly come a long way in creating more discussion around crypto given ‘Billions’ popularity in TV. The show is based on a hedge fund billionaire in constant wrangles with the U.S State Attorney who is seeking to nail him for ‘dubious’ operations.

The Bitcoin Highlight in ‘Billions’

In the new episode, BTC comes up in a discussion between the U.S Attorney and a suspect alleged to be leveraging crypto mining to commit financial fraud. An exchange ensues between the two with each making a point to support their stance towards Bitcoin. As one would expect, the U.S Attorney role in this scene paints a skeptical approach towards BTC based on the narrative that it is not backed by any asset,

“So your multitude of computers and services solve some abstract math equations resulting in the mining of what, Bitcoin? Worth millions right now, backed by what?”

The suspect is quick to defend BTC’s consensus nature; he, in turn, asks what the USD is backed on having removed the gold standard in the 20th century,

“What’s the Dollar backed by since we went off the Gold Standard?”

Though the highlight seems to have favored the status quo, it is evident that Bitcoin’s adoption and the potential disruption is no longer a far-fetched thought. Notably, Billions had previously featured digital currency talk in an earlier season where the hedge fund billionaire offered a $1 million crypto payment to a trader; he, however, did not specify the digital asset at the time.

Tweets have now revealed that this first episode in season five was written in collaboration with Ben Mezrich, the writer of Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House. Mezrich echoed his excitement on this milestone via his twitter handle, “Bitcoin on Billions! It’s beautiful, baby. :):):):)”

Other Crypto TV Mentions

Apart from Billions, cryptocurrencies have been featured in several TV shows with a prominent status. Some include big screen names such as Goosebumps and Haunted Halloween. Crypto oriented movies have also been pioneered; a recently released documentary on Monero topped the chats in IMDB’s section for crypto content. Its sales have, however, been affected since the COVID-19 pandemic which forced most economies into a lockdown.

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Author: Edwin Munyui

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