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Streaming Video the Viewing Trend



Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Technology experts say the days of consulting TV Guides and movie theater schedules to see what and when to watch are over. Shows streaming online is the new trend.

"Many of us are watching Netflix, the most popular way to watch TV and movies," says CBS' Larry Magid. "We're also watching through Amazon and Hulu. They're watching their videos on the internet, and I'm watching my TV over the internet. I'm a Dish Network subscriber and it rebroadcasts to a private internet channel."

Magid says the days of the DVR are numbered. "The only reason they exist right now is because the networks are hesitant to allow you to have cloud versions, but I think that's coming," explains Magid.

Magid says hard schedules are also making the way of black-and-white and analog. "The notion we are dependent on a time and place for our television programming and movies are also obsolete. Why not just watch when they're immediately available?" ponders Magid. "Netflis is releasing an entire series at once, and I go on viewing binges where I watch four episodes on a Friday, and in a matter of a few days, I've seen the entire season." Magid says the customer is ultimately the decider of what to watch and when.

But Magid says the movie theater is not endangered. "I for one still love going to the movies. Most love the idea of being with friends, even strangers. There's a certain energy when you're sharing emotions together," says Magid.

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