EDN NETWORK: Whether ‘tis nobler to stream video, or to download it? Aye, there’s the rub. There are pros and cons to both, but with 5G networks right around the corner, choosing streaming will be a no-brainer now and into the future, right? Maybe. Maybe not.
Forbes: As someone who travels frequently, the main downside to the shift in VOD TV several years ago from an iTunes-style rental model to a Netflix-style streaming one was that I no longer had the ability to download many of the shows I wanted to watch.
That changed in 2016 when first Amazon and then Starz, Netflix and Showtime introduced the ability to download their shows. But despite my fondest hopes, the rest of the industry didn’t rush to follow suit.
TVREV: When Apple’s iTunes Store kicked off the streaming revolution back in 2005, it was by offering downloadable copies of popular TV shows.13 years later, downloading is staging a comeback as networks and viewers realize that there are still major benefits to being able to watch a show without having to rely on the availability of a wifi signal or 4G mobile.
Technical issues make loading video a persistent scourge
eMarketer: There are few things more frustrating for cord-cutters than getting home from a long day’s work and queuing up their favorite show online as they kick back on the couch, only to realize they can’t watch in peace and harmony because the video won’t load correctly.
nScreenMedia: With more than half of U.S. adults watching video on a smartphone, the smallest screen has become one of the biggest targets for video services. Unfortunately, the experience is anything but perfect. New data from Penthera shows the ability download video is a popular cure for the temperamental mobile streaming experience.