The Web Streaming TV Wars
Web streaming is the new wave of television programming. Viewers are becoming more attached to this type of viewing protocol because of its flexibility, customization capabilities and mobility. Currently, many of these companies are competing with each other for viewers. Standard programming units are losing money to Internet television because it is more affordable than cable television. Even Internet companies are competing against one another and have begun to block viewers to delineate themselves from the competition. The result has been fluctuating fees and viewers with a number of choices.
Television Wars and Channel Blocking
Many people that are evaluating this practice of blocking certain shows from certain providers refer to this practice as “greed.” This practice encourages viewers to remain loyal to a certain Internet television provider rather than their preferred provider. One example of this practice is demonstrated by Hulu’s blocking of Google TV. In this instance, certain television show episodes were only available on Hulu, but were not available on Google Television. Alternatively, certain episodes or shows may be available on Hulu Plus but not on Hulu.
This practice continues with other Internet television providers as well. For instance, Netflix may be offered in conjunction with Hulu and Hulu Plus on a Roku Player. However, some of the episodes may not be present with these players and thus, viewers are forced to purchase additional Internet television options to view all episodes of a particular programming show. The censoring forces Internet television watchers to support nearly all Internet television providers to receive full programming.
Television Monitors vs. Computer Monitors
As the bridge closes between the television screen and the computer monitor, viewers find it more difficult to rationalize paying exorbitant fees for satellite television programming or cable television programming. Internet television programming is far more economical, although you may still be plagued by the advertisements that are so annoying on regular television. Some Internet television allows viewers to skip the advertisements.
All things considered equal, such as the programming channels, then Internet television is more affordable. In some cases, it may be free. The buffering is the main concern of viewers that select this method of television programming. Most people would prefer Internet television because of its affordability. Again, the only pitfalls are the buffering and the inability to obtain all of the shows through one Internet television provider. The overall costs may be comparable if you have to buy multiple subscriptions to Internet television programming to receive all of the shows.
IPTV Set Top Boxes and Viewing
Many of the IPTV Set Top Boxes will allow viewers to stream their television programming to a 1080p or a 720p television. This is preferable to a computer monitor only because they are larger in many instances. However, the picture quality on comparable size screens is nearly equal in many instances.
Many viewers have also decided to customize and host their own channels. By hosting their own channel on Exchange Server 2010 from Sherweb.com for instance and soliciting viewers through Pay-Per-View or other paid subscriptions, clients may earn income from their customized channels. Clients may also receive money from the advertising “click-throughs” that are on this particular site. When other viewers become interested in this website, then they can place advertisements that viewers must view in order to view the intended programming.
Many channel hosts may earn the costs that are required to host the channel and view the programming back. Additionally, hosts may also earn a profit, if the channel is particularly popular. This is incredible for people that may need an extra income. Through viral marketing, many hosts have grown their programming channels significantly.
As the web streaming television wars rage on, viewers will be forced to decide which Internet television programming is the best. Experts expect the wars to continue until there is an amicable solution to the problem. If the same episodes are offered by every Internet television provider and the Internet connections are faster to prevent buffering, more users may select Internet television programming over cable television programming. Until then, satellite programming and cable programming will continue to dominate the market.
Kevin is a website owner, blogger and author of technical articles.