#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.
“For those unfamiliar with Parker’s latest plans, Screening Room, unlike
Napster, would not be a free-for-all. Screening Room would be a service
where you could watch a first-run movie in your home on opening day.“
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.
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.
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.
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.
As bandwidth becomes less and less restrictive and as media codecs allow for the delivery of high quality video the world of streaming media is only going to get bigger. According to Dan Rayburn of blog.streamingmedia.com the Amazon Kindle Fire is the device that will “become to the Video Industry what the iPod was to the Music Industry.” In his quick and insightful read he outlines how Amazon has set themselves up to not only deliver video efficiently but how they have created a service that allows content providers a platform distribute their streaming media. While Apple has created a closed platform that has restricted video on the tablet, Amazon aims to do the opposite.
I hope this is the beginning of something great for the world of online video, however, for this to really happen Amazon and Netflix need to get their acts together in regards to their user interface. If you want to increase your market share the key is a great user friendly site that people can find what they want to watch easily and efficiently, neither service is doing that.
We now own the Roku Streaming Stick, is a convenient little device that streams loads of TV shows, movies, news, entertainment and much more. It plugs into our TV and runs off of our wifi connection. This thing is really cool. There are tons of things to look at here. For those considering cutting the cable this is a real alternative. I have been wanting this for awhile because it brings streaming video to our HDTV. The price point is good too.
I like the fact it has a small footprint and has a remote control. So far, so good. I will let you know how it goes as we use this.