Culture

The Future of Streaming

Culture

The Future of Streaming

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So far, 2012 isn’t shaping up to be a banner  year for internet freedom. Just days after the Wikipedia protest of SOPA and PIPA, Megaupload, a go-to site for free TV and movies, was unceremoniously shut down, leaving so many of us in the cold. Add to that the not infrequent threat of a paid service like Netflix shutting down and the message is clear: conveniently free or cheap options for video streaming are dwindling, while the population inured to their use is increasing just as rapidly.

The latest red alert comes in the form of a stock crisis warning for Netflix investors, who will have the chance to pull out after this Wednesday, when the company’s 4th quarter earnings are released. It seems despite Netflix’s recent UK expansion, the rate of ‘alienation’ for former paying customers before the extreme price increase continues to rise.

Which leaves us wondering one thing–well, really two things: what is the fate of free or cheap TV (which most will agree is a more mandatory part of life than movies) and what is the point of living in the first world if we can’t have access to any?