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Live Streaming: The Way It Affects Today’s World

The impact of live streaming on today’s world

10Jun

Throughout history, the way that people have been entertained has constantly evolved. From live gladiator fights in giant arenas, to plays in a theater to watching television shows at a specific time and day, people have always looked for things to keep them amused. There is another change occurring in the way that people get the content they want and need - more people are learning about and taking advantage of live streaming than ever before.

What is live streaming?

Before it can be understood how live streaming is changing people’s lives, it is first necessary to understand what live streaming is. Live streaming is able to combine the best of television watching and the content of the internet. In order to take advantage of live streaming, an internet connection and some type of computer device is needed. Live streaming will require a faster internet connection than what some people may have access to. Without the faster connection, whatever is being streamed may be interrupted for buffering or may not be able to be viewed.

The second piece that is needed is a computer device. There are tablets, laptops, desktops, smart TVs, smartphones and other devices that are capable of streaming content from the internet. In general, if a person can stream any content from the internet on their device, they can usually steam content live.

Live content is exactly what it sounds like. The content is being viewed as it is happening. It could be a live play, an event in a theater, a television show being aired live or one of the most common types of live content, a sporting event. Watching something live is not new, people have been doing that with their television since it first came into the home, but now it is being done with the help of the internet.

What is live streaming changing?

Since watching live entertainment is not a new phenomenon, many may wonder what has made live streaming so different that it is changing the world and the people in it. There are a few specific areas that live streaming as had a major impact on the way the world is working.

News 

Live streaming is changing the way that news is viewed in a few different ways. The ability to access live news reports at any time means that people are staying more informed. What is more important when it comes to live streaming of news is the way the news is reported. It may seem like all news reporting is the same. The news reported sees the event and tells people about it. The reality is that the different news stations tell the news in different ways and have different biases which can affect the reporting of the news. Thanks to live streaming people can access various news reports that look at all of the angles of a story and can create a more informed opinion about events around the world.

Globalization 

The ability to live stream entertainment from around the world is allowing people to learn more about other parts of the world. It is taking people who may have been isolated in the past and opening their eyes to different cultures, foods, sports and much more. It is another piece in the puzzle that is bringing all the people in the world together.

More Entertainment 

The first and most obvious change is the amount of ways that people can find something to enjoy when they utilize live streaming. Not only can they watch their favorite television show, they can also access live plays, speeches, news and sports. There was a time when people were limited in the amount of sporting events that they could see. Many sports did not make sense economically to televise, but thanks to live streaming such as beIN sports integrated with YipTV and other live streaming resources, it is possible to see a wide variety of sports at any time of the day or night. Live streaming is open up larger audiences for sports that people may not have been familiar with before. Live streaming channels do not have to have as large an audience as traditional television needs and that is providing an unlimited amount of options for entertainment.

Safety 

The ability to live stream many things is helping keep people safer. Some people are taking advantage of live streaming apps that allow them to send videos of their walk home late at night, and that can help catch a crime on film as it happens so maybe, someone can send the help that is needed. The uses of live streaming to improve safety are only just being discovered.

Social Planning 

Many clubs and venues, live stream their locations. It is possible to see who is in a bar and how many people are there before going out. There are also live streaming cameras set up in public places around the world for anyone to see.

Educating 

Whether it is a professor in a college streaming their lectures live or if it is live demonstrations of a cooking technique, the amount of things that can be learned from the live streaming content is difficult to calculate. More people are taking advantage of the educational opportunities that live streaming gives them.

Business purposes

From conventions for a business to holding meetings, live streaming is a great way for a business to operate effectively. It can save money and produce better and faster results. Many businesses are able to open up new markets thanks to live streaming capabilities.

It is difficult to deny that live streaming has changed and is continuing to change the way that people are entertained. There was a time when people saved their pennies so they could see the Saturday double feature at the picture show. That turned into people sitting at home on certain nights to see some must watch television show. While these things may still exist, they are not the wave of the future.

Live streaming offers too much for anyone that takes some time to learn about it. Most importantly, it has shifted the control from the people that provide the entertainment to the people that want the entertainment. Control is a good thing to have, and people are going to enjoy it.

Have you taken advantage of live streaming? Do you notice how it is changing what you do? If you have any thoughts, ideas or suggestions, take the time to share them with us.

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