Streaming Wars (Part 1)

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 and is filed under Latest News.

Now, at the minute most of what I am going to blog about it is happening in America, but it won’t be long before it is over here in England.

 

More and more websites are going up against each other to be the biggest contender in the streaming of TV and Movies. At this point the main contenders are Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and Google – offering their new Android Market on Android 2.2 and higher – which allows users to rent movies making them available through any of their devices linked with your Google account, as well as LOVEFiLM (in the UK and Europe).

 

For a while now Netflix and Hulu have been fighting it out to be the best web video provider. Netflix started off with physical movie rentals and moved quickly into online movie and TV streaming, while Hulu offers mostly TV with some movie but not as much as Netflix.

 

Now Amazon Prime has stepped into the game offering free TV streaming to customers with an Amazon Prime account. They have also acquired LOVEFiLM, which started out like Netflix, and is now fast moving into online rentals and streaming.

 

Hulu and Amazon are both working on contracts with networks such as CBS, NBC, Universal and Fox to be able to offer their shows and movies on their website, as they both want to be able to offer their customers more and more.

 

In a recent research survey by Nielsen, it showed that 89% of Hulu users watch its content directly on a computer, while 42% of Netflix users report watching shows and movies on their computers.

 

So even in this time where most households have ways to stream online content through their TV’s, for example using a PS3, they still choose to just watch it directly on the computer. Take a look at the image below provided by Nielsen…

 

 

Stay tuned for part 2 coming soon, where we take a look at streaming here in England, and what it is that makes people choose which service to use.