As a child, I recall having a couple of favorite movies on VHS and when TV programming failed me we would watch The Little Mermaid or Home Alone over and over for hours. I couldn’t imagine at this time having every cartoon at my fingertips or outside may have become a figment of my imagination. With the growth in technology you literally have millions of series, documentaries and free movies at your fingertips. TV has changed so much so quickly with streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon prime that people are now able to control their programming. There are many streaming platforms as well creating another field of technology in itself with Roku, firestick, and other streaming boxes.
Life After Cable
Cable and satellite TV is how many people receive their TV programming, however with streaming services some people have cut the bill entirely. Movie rentals are struggling to stay relevant because many of the same titles are included on the monthly services and some allow purchasing of titles or renting new titles removing the need to leave the house to grab a Redbox or rental from a traditional store. Cable TV has increased in prices and to obtain every channel these elusive packages with almost all companies will bring a bill in the $200 range while most streaming plans are $9.99 or less per month. When all you need is an internet connection to have control of programming with tons of variety and unique series it really is a win-win when comparing to traditional cable plans.
The Future Of Movie Streaming
In the past few years, Netflix went from pretty much having a monopoly to having serious competition. Each year you see new streaming services, new channels, and programming that is changing the face of TV. Recently you can find companies such as Sling TV who are bringing programming, and it’s going to be much more in the upcoming years. This is the new wave and while it isn’t clear if cable of satellite programming will ever go away but it seems fairly clear that no one has to depend on either for quality programming. Companies such as Xfinity have to grow and update their services to stay up to date and they still lack top HD quality. While the picture quality of most streaming services seems to be important they are on the cusp of technology to provide the highest HD quality. Even cable and satellite providers had to fall in line with the new trend creating on-demand services, DVR, and movie rentals. They have to provide additional programming options so viewers have more control but there are still more commercials on traditional programming than with streaming services. Some cable and satellite providers even provide online streaming of your service so you can take it anywhere and some even provide games but it regardless of them trying to keep up the streaming companies seem to be the ones setting the trends.