#10yearchallenge: The Change in the Way We Watch Movies
As technology advances, so does the world of movies. As a kid born in the 90s and early 2000s, you probably had two choices when it came to watching movies; either go to the movie theatre or wait for the infamous “Saturday Night at the Movies” with the rest of your family. Fast forward to 2019 where movies are accessible to virtually everyone at any place and time. As the world goes down memory lane with the #10yearchallenge, let’s have a look at what the past ten years have meant for the movie industry and its significant advancements.
Significant Advancements in Movie Watching
The earliest forms of watching movies included movie theatres, watching via VHS tapes and recorders, DVD players, HDTV and Blu-Ray DVD. Things have changed and new platforms for watching movies have taken over. Let’s take a look at some of the modern ways and technologies related to watching movies.
3D Movie Technology
With an increase in the TV channels available, people lost the motivation to watch films on the big screen. Movie studios, therefore, had to come up with a way to lure moviegoers. This was successfully done with the inception of 3D films. Even the laziest movie person couldn’t pass on the chance to experience what it felt like to wear a pair of 3D glasses.
Media Players for Streaming Movies
Media players enable us to stream movies and come as either pre-installed in a device or have to be installed by the user. Excellent examples include VLC, Kodi and Plex. VLC is the most commonly used player earning the name ‘the universal player’. Not only is it free and user-friendly but also supports a wide variety of movie formats. Kodi, on the other hand, offers an excellent user interface and personalization. For ultimate user security and privacy, go for a top rated VPN for Kodi before you start streaming movies online.
Video on Demand (VoD)
The internet is inadvertently disrupting how consumers access content. It’s now easier than ever to access films you want to watch when you want to watch. This is all thanks to VOD which has tremendously changed how we watch movies. A big player in this scene is Netflix, which in early 2015 announced its first original movie – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. Though the site was first greeted with plenty of skepticism, it has grown to be a viable alternative to traditional big film studios. So, how exactly does VoD work? VoD is a system that allows viewers to select and watch movies of their choice on their TVs, PCs or mobile devices. The video data is transmitted via Real-Time Streaming Protocol.
Illegal Movie Streams
With the advent of torrenting sites came the opportunity for the movie lovers to enjoy their best movies and TV series without much hassle. Most of these movies on torrenting sights are often copyrighted and thus regarded ‘illegal’ to download. Torrenting was uncommon in the early days of the new millennium and only became popular later on. This opened the window of opportunity for users to share movies and enjoy them from any place. Take care, though, because you may end up serving a jail term for getting your hands on movies or TV series that are copyrighted and illegal to download.
The king of online video clips also harbors a collection of random and free-to-watch online movies. Unlike the ones from torrenting sites, these are uploaded legally, most probably having fallen out of copyright. Most of the classics can be found on YouTube, with popular movies such as Charlie Chaplin’s Pay Day, Plan 9 from Outerspace, and Shopgirl available on this platform.
Local Movie Libraries
Movie libraries are amazing, not for anything much, but for the variety of movies and TV series that they have. Movie libraries often offer free movie nights. What’s more, the movies that we get from movie libraries are legitimate, and you can go straight to watch!
Amazon’s Instant Video
Amazon offers thousands of TV shows and movies for online rental. All you have to do is select the movie or TV show of your choice and pay, with prices ranging from a dollar to five dollars. What’s interesting about Amazon’s Instant video is that there are no monthly subscription plans as it is the case for Netflix and other movie streaming services.
Amazon even offers free movie streaming to its shoppers who pay $79 for a yearly Prime membership, which offers customers free 2-day shipping and goes on to offer them discounts on the next-day shipping. However, the movie selection on Amazon’s Instant video is much shallow compared to other specialized streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu.
So much has changed over the years regarding the way we watch movies. From the legendary VHS Tapes and Recorders to DVDs, technology has fast grown in this industry, and the earliest forms of storing movies have now become a thing of the past. Movie streaming channels have now taken over the industry, although cinemas are still the in the game where they play a pivotal role.