Streaming TV shows replacing ‘real time’ watching

Watching television in “real time” is becoming a thing of the past. With DVRs, people opt to watch the recordings during their free time and fast forward through commercials. With streaming websites such as Netflix, students can watch movies and shows any time they want online.

Freshman Thomas Alu said he definitely thinks that the convenience of streaming television shows online will overtake watching weekly live television shows.

“A lot of stations are already airing their shows early on the Internet so people don’t have to watch them on TV,” Alu said. “TV providers will eventually have no choice but to merge their services with the Internet. Eventually, televisions will be streaming devices.”

Freshman Michaela Gillmore said that she’s so busy, the TV in her room has never been turned on to watch live television.

“I usually wait until the weekend to catch up on all of my shows because I am so busy with classes and homework during the week,” Gillmore said.

The Internet also has facilitated watching international television shows and movies. Streaming websites connect the world so that anyone can watch shows that air internationally.

“I like to watch international shows, from Japan and other countries, that don’t air on American television stations,” Alu said. “These always find their way onto internet streaming sites, where they can be watched around the world.”

Students said that the main reason that streaming television shows will overtake live TV is because of convenience.

“With streaming, I can watch whenever I want and even stop and return to it later,” Alu said. “The Internet is definitely more convenient for watching shows.”

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Author: Rebecca White

Rebecca White is from Orange County, California and is a senior majoring in Communication. She started out as the Pirate Life Copy Editor her sophomore year, worked her way up to Assistant Pirate Life Editor her junior year, and enters her senior year as Pirate Life Editor. She has been on the Dean’s List every semester and will graduate a semester early in December 2016. During her time at Seton Hall she has interned for CNBC and, an entertainment site where she coordinates the celebrity interviews. She aspires to be a novelist while working in the publishing industry, either as a book editor or magazine editor.

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