Streaming: The Future of Media

mediaThere 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.


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10 Responses to Streaming: The Future of Media

  1. mediaphiles says:

    It is amazing how far technology has come and where it is going. I remember having to see a movie only at at theater.. now they have devices like you stated, the PS4/Xbox and things like the “amazon fire” and Apple TV. I personally use the fire stick and my PS4.

    John Armstrong

  2. mediaphiles says:

    There is now a new service trying to get made called Screening Room which allows you to stream movies that are currently in theaters for a high price and it just goes to show how much of a demand there is for streaming movies now in this day and age. It’s a very divisive idea and it’ll be interesting to see the development process for this game-changing idea.

    Cal Parsons

  3. I think the ease of consuming media is great for entertainment business, but it does make me a little sad to see how prolific it has become. There is something special about having to wait until a certain hour to watch your favorite show, or going to the theatre to watch a movie. The ease of accessibility makes it feel less special.

  4. mediaphiles says:

    I agree with Kelly, though from what I have come to understand it is causing a lot of individual shows to lose money due to the fact that people are no longer buying the dvds anymore. When you can just get a relatively cheap membership, what’s the point in buying a bunch of dvds of one show? It certainly is convenient to binge and try new shows with a few clicks, but the nostalgia of having an entire family around a tv together watching one show has gone. Now everyone in one room can be watching different shows or episodes and it takes away from the “family” time.

    Michael Cyphers

  5. There is definitely a certain degree of convenience when streaming a show. It has been assimilated into our culture and placed in unthinkable locations such as planes, cars, and other means of transportation as well just so people can pass the time with some source of entertainment. It is amazing how streaming services have become the norm of society. People are even creating shows on these streaming services because they are so profitable now. These shows have been the subject of critical acclaim and award recognition. The entertainment industry is surely expanding because of this phenomenon.

    -Shelby Halliman

  6. mediaphiles says:

    RIP VHS tapes. I still remember those in my early days,when those were the only form of media I knew… and even those are new when you look at the past 40 years with media. I wonder where netflix and other services like it will be in the next 20 years.

    -Jake Fallin

  7. mediaphiles says:

    Do you think cable will completely fade out at some point during these rapid transitions in available media content? Also, Although Apple is a highly successful technology company, I almost feel they may need to continue their innovation even more aggressively with a different target. They may have a very, very loyal customer base, but I feel they may face the Innovator’s Dilemma if they do not start to appeal to customers with lower prices. If they do no innovate and meet the needs of other customers, another company will capture that need. If they continue to concentrate on profit instead of innovation, they are going to miss out on a vital customer base that is not being served. Another company with develop something even cheaper and eventually surpass them. If Apple fails to value new innovations because of their high status, they will be blindsided by a disruptive innovation.

  8. mediaphiles says:

    I believe streaming has certainly made our lives easier because it allows instant access to a wide range of movies and TV shows. I will miss the feeling of physically own a movie. I hate how I feel like I am forever bound with a streaming site so that if I stop subscribing, I can’t watch the movies I love anymore. But I can alway buy DVDs and Blu-rays right?

    -Kevin Yu

  9. marymdalton says:

    I love this discussion. If I knew what the future holds, I would be able to capitalize on that, but it’s hard to say, isn’t it? I love the cinema experience (the lack of interrupt-ability) but also love access and convenience.

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