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June 18, 2018

6/13/2018 9:28:00 AM
Streaming for all

As a video game player, I like to know what games are coming out or being worked on.
Over the weekend I was watching video game showcases at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo). E3 is a yearly event where the major video game creators assemble in Los Angeles and show us what they have to offer. As I was watching Microsoft's E3 briefing, they talked a little bit about their game streaming service, Xbox Gamepass. This got me thinking, is streaming all content the way of the future?
Streaming is already a big part of our lives with services like Netflix, Spotify, Sling TV and countless others. Netflix still does send out physical DVDs for people to watch, but the majority of people subscribe to their streaming service. Same goes for Spotify. You don't really see too many people buying CDs or even individual songs anymore. Just subscribe to their music streaming service and you can listen to almost any song ever created for a certain price each month.
Sling TV is a live TV service that gives you a particular set of channels for a set price every month. People are "cutting the cord" and subscribing to services like Sling so they can watch TV wherever they want, not just at home.
Now large video game companies are trying to hop aboard the stream train. Instead of buying their product, individually, they want you to subscribe to their streaming service and pay a certain fee every month to access and play a bunch of their games.
Some people will love this idea and others may hate it, all for many different reasons. I for one am open to the idea of everything being available by streaming. I already pay for Google's music streaming service, Google Play Music, and I plan on getting their TV subscription service, YouTube TV, in the future. I also subscribe to Netflix and, honestly, I don't watch live TV that much anymore, only for sporting events. Everything I want to watch or listen to is available on someone's streaming service.
Soon, I believe, the days of buying physical entertainment will cease to exist and everything will be streamed online - whether we like it or not.

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