TV watchers are getting greedier these days, demanding shows anytime, anywhere, and on any device. And with such great options for downloading available online, how could we resist?
You already know about the little gizmos in our ultimate geek guide to media streaming devices, which have allowed small-screen watchers more flexibility to watch on demand for years. But streaming services have added tons of features and expanded their libraries even more this year, putting us one step closer to cutting that cable cord once and for all.
In March, Google introduced Google Play, which offers book, movies, music, and magazines for Android devices. Amazon made a deal with pay-TV channel Epix in September, adding 3,000 titles to their collection. Hulu announced that they would move into original programming, and the titles of seven new shoes, including one starring Spoilers starring Kevin Smith. Verizon's Redbox Instant — available on iOS, Android, Samsung Blu-ray, and select smart TVs — launched in private beta recently, offering unlimited streaming, plus four DVD credits.
Perhaps in a not-so-distant future, the 8 p.m. primetime slot will be all but obsolete, and shows will be measured in downloads, not by how many people tuned in.