By BRIAN MARTIN
While watching cable TV has always been the traditional way that viewers catch up on shows, video streaming services are starting to steal the scene with their own original programming.
Video streaming service shows are different from the original shows that are usually viewed on the silver screen. They have more freedom of content and a different style of quality compared to what TV programming has to offer.
“They’re generally, from what I’ve seen from Netflix, of high quality,” said Sean DeVoe, freshman.
DeVoe listed the Netflix series “Marco Polo” as an example of a show that is of high quality.
Online video streaming has become more of a popular way of viewing shows.
“More people like using the Internet, and the fact that you could get your shows anytime you like is much more convenient for people,” said Jake Golden, freshman.
TV services come with a hefty price, just for viewers to watch their favorite TV series. For example, Comcast’s first deal offers 140 channels at the expense of $49.99 a month.
On the other hand, online video services offer cheaper costs. Hulu Plus only asks users to pay $7.99 a month.
With all of the success that online video services and their shows are receiving, it could mean that cable TV could become overpowered by this phenomenon in the near future.
Alex Demetriades, senior, agreed that online shows could overtake TV series in the near future.
“Eventually one day,” said Demetriades. “Maybe in the near future, within the next five years or so. People won’t go with cable or DISH Network anymore.”
Professor Gary Carlin elaborated on the reasons behind Demetriades’ answer. He said that the younger generation is more attuned to using video services.
“I think it’s something that young people are very familiar with now, using streaming like Netflix in their [homes], or Amazon,” said Carlin. “The fact that you can get all the shows at one time, I think it is appealing for binge watching.”
As streaming services continue to expand their libraries with their own original programming, the TV industry must find a way to counteract this growth in order to survive in the near future.