Cloud surfing may become a popular competitor to broadcast.
Streaming media pioneer RealNetworks first broadcast a live baseball game online in 1995. Microsoft, Apple and a host of other companies followed this lead with products that offered on-demand video and audio titles to any user with an Internet connection. One of the largest players in this developing market is Netflix.
Netflix began its digital distribution operations in 1999, delivering DVDs by mail. By 2007, the company created an instant online streaming service of TV shows and movies that has now evolved into a user base of more than 33 million people. Services such as Amazon Instant Video, Redbox and Hulu have experienced similar growth in both audience numbers and profits.
With the strong influx of competitors, the growth of mobile device markets and the recent bankruptcy of the video-renting giant Blockbuster, we have quickly advanced into the digital age. This is leaving physical, hand-held media dissolving in the past.
Now the question remains, which service deserves your dollar?
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