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Death By CultureHas Streaming Video Come of Age?
POSTED BY VINNIE BLESI, March 1, 2011    Share

Minions of tech savvy people are using their mobile devices, smart phones and tablets, and computers and laptops to watch streaming video of movies and television shows. Amazon just introduced their free streaming service to their Amazon Prime members. Netflix and others offer streaming videos to your computer. Please stop the madness!

Watching a movie or TV show on my computer is just not an enjoyable experience for me. I grew up in the era of television and watching TV on my computer is not satisfying. I still need my television. Streaming online video is perfect for short attention span videos such as Youtube or music videos but I prefer my video experience to be at a distance more than 21 inches away from the screen. All digital video is compressed and watching streaming video at such a close range on a computer enhances the compression artifacts.

What is happening and driving this thriving industry of online streaming movies, is that: People have become used to digital compression distortion and accept it as ordinary, or younger viewers only know low resolution youtube type videos and accept the streaming video as an improvement.

New televisions are now offering options to connect to your home wired/wireless network and access online streaming services. I don't have that so I can't comment. I have Verizon FIOS and I can watch Youtube videos on my TV for free. If it is a high quality video stream it is much more enjoyable to watch it on my TV than on my computer. If the video is low quality then it doesn't really matter.

While I think that watching streaming videos on the computer or mobile devices is worthless, I believe the next leap in technology is that you will be able to watch them on your own television, complete with surround sound. Once all TV's become connected to the Internet we will actually begin to enjoy the benefits of streaming video.

"Death By Culture" is ©2011 by Vinnie Blesi. All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ©2011 by Nolan B. Canova.

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