The Future of Television: Best Streaming Services in 2017
The popularity of streaming video services is on the rise. By looking at how things are developing right now, the days of renting and buying DVDs and BluRays are slowly fading. With access to video streams, people can easily watch anything that interests them. Everything, from live news and sports, to movies and TV shows, is few buttons presses away from the hungry eyes.
Earlier this year, on Deutsche Bank’s 25th Annual Media & Telecom Conference, we have been informed about the latest events in the video streaming industry. There are many streaming services on the market at the moment. Here are the top ones that have successfully brought the future to our homes.
In the world of online streaming, Netflix is still sitting on the throne. Sandvine reports that Netflix is using almost 40% of USA’s peak-time internet bandwidth. With a successful campaign, it is also about to conquer Europe. It is a bit pricier when compared to other video streaming service providers. On the other hand, Netflix allows users to cancel their subscription at any time, without having to face any penalties.
This provider has made it possible for users to use its services from a variety of devices. Its video content can be streamed via Smart TVs, Streaming Media Players, Game Consoles, Set-top Boxes, Blu-Ray Players, Smartphones & Tablets, and PCs & Laptops. By using its services, you will be able to see some Netflix shows and movies that are inaccessible by any other means. Make sure to check some of the hidden jewels of Netflix.
If you are in for television oriented programming, Netflix is not a good option for you.
While Netflix has its focus on bringing movies and TV shows to our homes, Hulu is more television oriented. The Hulu streaming service offers the most popular television programs. And, its users can watch them just one day after their premiere on television channels. This is not where it all ends with Hulu, as they have upgraded their platform allowing users to import movies and watch movies and anime series. The only downside of using the Hulu streaming services are blocks of commercials that can’t be skipped.
Hulu is accessible through a Web interface and has a very interesting and engaging social component. The comments section of Hulu’s interface is powered by Facebook. By getting the Hulu app, you can stream videos on game consoles, smart TVs, smart phones, and tablets. When it comes to downloading content and watching it offline, Hulu is the same as Netflix; it doesn’t allow it. If you want to experience TV with no commercials, you will need to pay for the pricey No Commercials package.
There are a lot of entertaining shows available on this platform. There are more than 100,000 movies and TV shows waiting to be watched. Users can watch them on their gaming consoles, smart TVs, smart phones, tablets, and Windows PCs. The search bar and categorized content makes it really easy for users to find the content they desire. The user interface is really user friendly and provides additional information for each piece of content – user rating, release date, run time, etc.
Users can purchase episodes of their favorite TV shows separately, but Amazon Video also allows you to purchase an entire TV show season for a reasonable discount. Users can pay monthly subscriptions which will provide them with access to more than 40,000 videos. Subscribing to Amazon Video brings another neat perk for users – faster Amazon shipping options.
HBO is the first channel that went into the wilds of online video streaming. It is a much better and more sophisticated solution than HBO Go is. HBO Now is an online-only version and it can be streamed on many devices – game consoles, Smart TVs, Roku, smart phones and tablets, Chromecast, Apple TV, and PC.
If you enjoy HBO TV shows and you are an HBO fan in general, this streaming platform is everything you will ever need. You will be able to watch all original HBO series, both current and the ones that were popular in the past. HBO Now delivers movies and other content to its viewers, such as interviews with the cast, behind the scenes footage, etc.
As the internet slowly pushes old school television out of the picture, we can expect to see other video streaming providers entering the market. The industry is quite lucrative and the Internet, as it seems, has no boundaries.