There is a silent war being fought right in front of our noses, in broad daylight. Traditional media has held the torch of keeping our interest, supplying us with information about what’s going on out there in the world, catch up with politics and news. These are channels like ABC, BBC, Fox News and many more that are similar. They have the been the guardians that stand at the gateway of knowledge. They have for decades and decades formed and shaped public opinion. Yet now, this new young kid is on the block and it's taking over at a rapid pace. Like two coral reefs that start to devour one another late at night when nobody is watching, except everyone can and is. New video streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime are giving customers what they want, which is more control over how and what media they consume. You can access your account and thus your shows anywhere in the world, at anytime you want. Sounds like heaven on earth right?
Well, don’t get too ahead of yourself just yet, there are some trials and tribulations you must go through first.
The New Kid
Due to the massive audiences and loyal customers the likes that Hulu and Netflix pull in, you would think that the largest video streaming website company in the world would want a piece of that pie. Although it took a while YouTube has finally thrown its hat into the ring with YouTube TV. it's basically like the new version of cable, except it's totally online. Unlike Netflix, it doesn’t purely have entertainment shows on its platform. It broadcasts live tv channels, such as sports, news and gives you the ability to watch them on your smartphone, tablet or computer wherever you are. However, there have been a lot of hiccups trying to get this off the ground. So here are some problems that you should avoid if you’re looking to sign up for YouTube TV.
Do not register your account where you don’t live. Seems easy enough right, but the system gets confused and uses the form information to choose what servers and regional services you receive. So if you live on the east coast but name a city located in California, YouTube TV might not have the licensing rights of that region thus unable to show you show that may broadcast from New York. even if they do, you most probably won’t be able to stream in HD and only get inferior quality.
So Far Away
Netflix has been notoriously plagued with issues around licensing and customers have vented their fury overpaying for a service that did not ultimately satisfy them. Licensing rights to each show need to be bought for each region, so even though a show might be popular in one region, another may have such as low audience figure that Netflix simply won’t bother to buy the licensing. Is there a way around this mess? Well if you’re willing to step into a new world where your IP address isn’t really your IP address then sure.
Step into this vpn comparison website to find out what kind of solutions you can find. Essentially when you activate your vpn, your IP address is altered to the server IP of the vpn itself. You can thus be in two places at once without anyone else being any the wiser. So if you want to watch a Netflix show that is only broadcast in another region, then active the vpn and Netflix servers will behave as if you’re in the region that does have the show you want. Wouldn’t that mean that you get lower quality video streams? No, because with a vpn, you are part of the group that Netflix will favor.
The Golden Goose
Old media or rather, traditional media can be accessed at the press of a button. All you need is to be in front of your television. Sounds old and boring already doesn’t it? But in order to get new media to remain at your fingertips, you need a golden goose. If you don’t have fast and reliable internet the whole wonder and joy of all your shows and services collapses. Suddenly you’re unable to use the things you are paying good money for. So invest in a super high-quality broadband if you are going to fully commit to new media.
There’s a takeover happening, and it's a great time to be alive to watch it happen. Our best shows and practically anything we want to watch is all online. We can watch at the train station, waiting in the airport, or on our smartphones in a coach.
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