Aug 15 2012

Will Streaming Programming Replace Broadcast TV?

image26 Will Streaming Programming Replace Broadcast TV?

Mobile devices, streaming media, and faster internet connections have already started to change the way we enjoy our favorite media. In the past we carried large CD players to enjoy music, now we stream digital music through various devices.

We used to go out and rent our favorite movies, now we are able to rent online and enjoy them instantly.

Now many cable providers and online services are offering streaming TV series and programming. Will this phase out conventional broadcasting?

Current Trends in Streaming Programming:

A new study has shown that more programming is being enjoyed through mobile devices and even at work. With the availability of programs online, consumers are able to access their favorite shows from anywhere on any device. Here are a few factors that are sparking change from conventional broadcasting to IP delivered media.

  • Consumers are requesting more programs available on more devices.
  • Smart TV’s are allowing for IP based streaming media.
  • Increased internet speeds allow consumers to enjoy streaming media with less buffering.
  • Online subscriptions to streaming media are cheaper than cable or satellite providers.
  • More studios are offering their programming through online services.
  • Mobile phone networks are offering higher speeds making it possible to enjoy programming anywhere.

As mobile and home technology grows, consumers are expecting more from their service providers. They are more inclined to subscribe to a service that offers more mobility, freedom, control, and options than to be restricted to the couch for their programming.


Predictions for the Future of TV:

You can run a search online and find a thousand predictions for the future of TV, but one prediction is widely stated; the future of TV is broadband. With everyone accessing the internet through various devices, it only makes sense to offer programming that would span across the same devices. The technology is already being built and distributed that will allow cable and satellite providers to broadcast their programming to IP based devices spanning across home wireless networks.

For instance, if you wanted to watch your favorite movie on your smart TV but the rest of the family wanted to watch something else, they wouldn’t have a problem doing so. Your children can watch their programs on their tablets, laptops, PCs, or smartphones while you enjoy your movie.  This kind of multi-platform viewing is what consumers are waiting for.

Another prediction is more control over our programming. The DVR allows us to record shows when we aren’t home or are watching another program so we can watch later. Imagine not needing the DVR but instead accessing the program you want, when you want. Streaming programming can allow consumers to select their favorite shows anytime they want.

What about the shows you discover in the middle of the season? Wouldn’t it be great to see the episodes you missed when you didn’t know the show existed? Streaming broadcasting would allow for networks to upload and store their previous episodes for subscribers to view anytime they want. That would eliminate the need to try and figure out what you missed as you would be able to watch.

Broadband internet, mobile devices and smart TVs are opening up a new world of broadcasting. With networks looking at the internet as a way to distribute their programming, the future of TV may be more viewer-friendly, mobile, and convenient.



Bruce Rayes is a tech blogger who follows the latest internet TV trends and offers advice, such as visiting TVInternetDeals.com for the best price in programming.

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