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Movie and Television Streaming Sites Transform the Traditional Viewing Experience

It used to be that watching television or a movie meant abiding by someone else’s schedule. While that was never the best possible arrangement for the average viewer, plenty of people were happy to make things work. Going out to a movie or settling in to catch the live premiere of an anticipated show could feel like something special, so the limited nature of the access sometimes had its charms. In general, though, being forced to show up at a particular time merely to catch a movie or television show was quite a bit less convenient than most would have liked.

That began to change over thirty years ago now, with video cassette recorders allowing for both the capturing and time-shifting of shows and the viewing of rented or purchased movies. When the digital video recorder came along, things became even more convenient, with many offering to automatically keep a viewer up to date with a selection of favorite shows.

Since then, of course, things have shifted even more markedly in favor of viewers. With a wide selection of movie and television streaming sites to choose from, even today’s most avid viewers never need to worry about observing someone else’s schedule. On-demand streaming means being able to watch anything from a huge available library at any convenient time, and that is always good news for viewers.

Of course, taking advantage of this option does require checking some boxes beforehand. For one thing, a high-speed Internet connection that does not bog down during peak viewing times will make the experience more pleasant. With streaming video now accounting for a large majority of all bandwidth usage, providers that try to stretch their connectivity too thin will not enable pleasant streaming experiences for their clients.

Beyond that, having some means of actually accessing the various streaming services will be required, as well. While some people find that setting up a computer next to a television can be an appealing option, others do well to rely on the services provided by the so-called “smart” sets that are now widely available. With apps built in and ready to go, a set of this kind can make it easy to enjoy streaming video right out of the box.