There has been an evident transition taking place in the way in which people consume their media. Years ago, the only way to watch a show that wasn’t being aired on television at the exact time you wanted to watch it was to buy the DVD’s of the show or movie months after they aired, or hope that you were lucky enough to have DVR and that the show or movie you wanted was being offered by DVR at that time. Before streaming media came into existence with sites like Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, etc., the easiest way to binge watch a television show was if the network happened to be having a marathon of the show, however even in that case people would have to set aside hours of time to be able to watch the show straight through, or load their DVR with all the episodes that they could not catch. In short, the television and movie watching methods were much more intricate and difficult than they are now, where people can stream episodes of nearly any show at any time from any place.
With many cellular devices being as advanced as the iPhone and many tablet devices similar to the iPad coming out, the ease of consuming media on the go is easier than ever as wi-fi is no longer needed 100% of the time and a space and table for a laptop or monitor are no longer necessary either. One of the aspects of this entire transition in the industry that is the most important is the advancement and introduction of devices like the PS4/Xbox and things like the “amazon fire” and Apple TV. With advancements to the ps4 and xbox, cable can now be run through your console and applications like amazon, netflix, hulu, playstation vue and so on, allow playstation and xbox users t0 stream media straight from their gaming console. Apple TV on the other hand provides the user with nearly 50 media streaming applications including applications for featured channels like Showtime and Starz. With all of these options packed into one little box, the ease of streaming media is higher than ever. Recently, Disney announced that they would be creating a $99 box for purchase with pre-downloaded shows, movies, and games for consumers to enjoy. With this box, it can be assumed that nearly every Disney show and movie will be available to consumers at the touch of a button. If you want to read more about the Disney News, here is an article:
The shift towards this type of media consumption is just in its beginning stages, and I expect that over the next few years, streaming media will take over the industry.