Is Streaming the Future of Entertainment?

Media streaming may be one of the reasons why TV hits such as “Breaking Bad" and “The Walking Dead” garnered so much popularity. People don’t have to wait months or years to watch a full series on DVD; viewers can now watch past episodes while the current season is still active. This feature, however, is just one of the many ways streaming is changing the dynamic of entertainment.

The first livestreaming event took place in 1995, when ESPN Sportzone streamed a radio broadcast for a game between the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees. Fast forward to 2013, and people can now choose from thousands of streaming stations, like Pandora, which features a wide variety of music and comedy stations that users can listen to and enjoy.

TV has also been impacted by the streaming phenomenon. Not everyone watched the evolution of Walter White (“Breaking Bad”) over the course of five years. Instead, many viewers now catch up on their favorite series within a few weeks’ time. Providers such as Netflix and Hulu are becoming viable options for TV and movie viewing. The ease of access and variety of choices has changed the traditional ways of watching television.

Today, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, with its high speed and low latency, enables viewers to enjoy TV, videos and live sporting events on their mobile devices. Video now represents 51 percent of mobile data traffic and the percentage is still growing.

Whether it’s watching videos on-the-go or listening to Internet radio, 4G LTE makes this technology widely accessible and easy to use. With more than 100 million Americans watching online videos per day, streaming will continue to change the way people view media.