With the ever-decreasing number of brick and mortar video stores, digital distribution has become massively popular over the last few years. Services like BBC iPlayer, Rogers OnDemand and Netflix have revolutionized the ways that people access their media — it’s an online game now. And given that most of us are now watching all our favorite films and TV shows via an Internet connection, it might be time to ask yourself: am I ready to sell my DVDs and Boxsets?
How has this changed the way we view our media?
According to a recent Akamai Technologies study conducted by Jupiter Research:
- 46% of online consumers watch online video monthly or more frequently.
- 43% of online consumers who connect to the Internet by broadband watch online video at least once per week.
- 80% of online video users accept the presence of advertising as a trade-off for providing free online video content.
The most frequent complaints among surveyed consumers were slow load times and playback interruption for buffering purposes. Finally, a whopping 42% of online consumers indicated that they were less interested in online video content, preferring their TVs for a rich viewing experience.
What about those of us who don’t have TVs?
The student steaming a TV show into his university dorm has become a ubiquitous symbol of modern life, and for many the simple fact is that their lack of televisions (and cable hookups) necessarily preclude them from watching shows in high quality. Here are a few tips to dramatically improve the quality of your streaming media:
- Download the video onto your computer. It may seem obvious, but if you can bypass the entire streaming process, you’ll save yourself the heartache of having the video start to buffer at that crucial moment.
- Shut down the other computers sharing the network.
- Minimize your network resources: this means closing all windows and applications not directly contributing to the streaming process.
- If you have cable Internet, your bandwidth could be affected by their Internet usage; try accessing your streaming sites when you know that they are not using their Internet.
- Upgrade you Internet service with your ISP: some connections are simply not equipped to handle video streaming. Make sure that your new contract guarantees a minimum speed to ensure you’re getting the best deal for your dollar.
Remember that selling online is a great way to offset some of these Internet costs; always nice to be paid in cash for your old DVDs — this particularly helpful in overcoming those hidden fees and activation costs that we know are so prevalent today! Free up some space and join the streaming revolution today!