Video Streaming – What To Expect
Summary: In the future consumers will no longer be bound to a specific time frame to view their favorite television shows. The show will simply be made available on a certain date and downloaded (possibly through an RSS feed and viewed at the convenience of the consumer). The show may then be archived for future referral. The future is here when it comes to video streaming. Consumers may not fully comprehend the changes that have taken place nor have television producers come to fully appreciate the possibilities in video streaming, but the pieces are in place for a revolution in video consumption. DVD rental locations are feeling the shift.
Now consumers can download movies to watch via their computer. No longer do they have to visit the local DVD store to see if any copies are available, nor do they have to wait on shipments from those mail order DVD firms. Nope, now they simply wait for an online download and they can begin watching in a matter of minutes. This is the same video streaming technology that is allowing entertainment consumers the opportunity to view movie trailers and teasers for upcoming television shows. This new thought process will also create a ripple effect for certain motel chains that have movies on demand that can be purchased for an escalated price.
A PC owner can use the free hi-speed Internet service to download an enormous selection of videos and forgo the motel offerings altogether. You are able to view highlight reels of sports games and television offerings are slowly making the Internet another distribution point. In fact, the point of online video helps create a secondary platform where the entertainment consumer can also use interactive tools to find out more about characters, behind the scenes footage and character blogs. It is conceivable that there will be a merger between your computer and television that can allow the two to interact in a way that brings more clarity to what you watch and more features for you to consider. It is conceivable that in the future consumers will no longer be bound to a specific time frame to view their favorite shows. The show will simply be made available on a certain date and downloaded (possibly through an RSS feed and viewed at the convenience of the consumer). The show may then be archived for future referral. Abbreviated highlights of shows are also likely for those who simply want a recap of events without watching the entire program. Newspaper and radio have already moved headlong into the world of online connections it is simple logic that says television will do the same. It would seem our brains are being trained to find a way to connect our interests and the Internet is the most viable proving ground for bring everything together.
This is true in our homes and it is true on the road with laptops, Blackberries and iPhones. Video streaming will continue to provide a comprehensive means of bringing on demand consumers entertainment choices in a way that more closely fits their lifestyle.