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Enjoy the final salad days of streaming, because the usual suspects are about to ruin everything. Again. For everyone.

 

5 Ways Streaming Video Will Suck in the Future


#5. We’ll Still Have Separate TV Channels (Only More Expensive)

Yep, our streaming options are quickly starting to fragment. The companies that own the rights to those shows only licensed them to Netflix because it was the only option, and let’s face it, no one thought watching Frasier on your PlayStation would catch on. Now that streaming is more popular than cable, those companies are starting to take their toys back (or peddle them with exclusive arrangements) so they can get in on this action. So you may not need 70 different channels to catch all your favorite shows anymore, but soon you might need 70 different streaming services.

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The flying of drones at Burning Man was highly-regulated in 2014. I was told by Firefly, the main organizer of drones this year, that a big reason for the new regulations was that some idiot flew over the Temple last year during the moment of silence before it burned. This prompted hundreds of complaints from Burning Man attendees, and a so, strict rules were formulated for 2014. The rules are listed in one of the pictures, above.

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Sundance Short Film Award Is Big Win for YouTube Creators

Streaming video is well established in the consumer market (YouTube has been around since 2005 and Netflix since 2007) but is still gaining momentum in the library market. It’s not yet a huge category—LJ’s Materials Survey included downloadable/streaming movies as a category for the first time in 2013, finding that the responding libraries spent 0.6 percent of their materials budget on downloadable movies, which represented 0.9 percent of their total circulation—but it’s certainly on the rise.

An excellent overview by LJ Media Editor Stephanie Klose.

Et tu, Netflix?

Apparently we aren’t paying enough to get both streaming video and DVDs, so Netflix is going to fix that disparity for us and raise the price.  Starting in September, if you want a plan that includes both DVDs and streaming, you’d better be prepared to pay more.

I’m not shocked.  The DVD side of the Netflix business model is the expensive one.  I understand that.  But my question is when are they going to make everything available on the streaming?  Because I’ll just be fine with that.  I don’t need the actual disc.  In fact, it’s a huge pain in the ass to me.  It ends up sitting on my counter for a month before one of us realizes there’s a Netflix movie to be watched and then one of us feels obligated to watch it while the other one has no desire to see it.  Half the time they end up getting sent back unwatched.

But it’s the principle…

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Tune in on Friday September 19th and Saturday September 20th to watch the iHeartRadio Music Festival LIVE.

Ed is on tomorrow but concerts are always fun.

Netflix captured 33% of prime-time web viewing based on internet traffic in September, eclipsing Amazon.com, Hulu and Time Warner’s HBO Go by a multiple of at least 18.

…The company’s share of peak internet viewing traffic has climbed from 20.6% in the second half of 2010, Sandvine said. It stood at 32.7% a year ago. By comparison, Amazon’s market share amounted to 1.75% in September, while Hulu garnered 1.38% and HBO Go had 0.52%, according to the study.

Most Popular Streaming Downloads

Looking at some of the sites’ most in-demand offerings gives a sense of the range of content available to patrons.

Freegal
Beyoncé concert videos; Chinatown; Stardust; Where Angels Fear To Tread; High Noon

hoopla
LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers; Twelve Years a Slave: Solomon Northrup’s Odyssey; To Kill a Mockingbird; Babe; 2 Fast 2 Furious

OverDrive
Portlandia; Busy World of Richard Scarry; Nosferatu; The Rage in Placid Lake;Richard Simmons workout videos

IndieFlix
Bit Players; Living on One Dollar; Bargain; Weightless; Exhibit A

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