THROWBACK THURSDAY: When people didn’t stream

We all stream now. There’s no magic in showing a video on your phone anymore. And yes, we can all remember when that was an interesting and novel thing to do. But did you realize that just four years ago, 75% of people didn’t stream video from their cable or satellite provider? FOUR YEARS AGO!

Here’s the proof: I wrote about it at the time. Solid Signal Blog – TV Everywhere? Doesn’t seem like it. Sadly, the article was lost during the transition to our new web platform.

Today we absolutely take it for granted that we can stream what we want, when we want. DIRECTV lets you live stream from your satellite receiver and also offers over 100 channels and 10,000 on demand programs right to your phone. DISH also allows live streaming and placeshifting. Can 2013 be so far away that the world has changed so much?

Sure can. Here’s another fun fact — YouTube started in 2005. That’s right, twelve years ago. That was basically the beginning of all streaming video, and before that … we had VHS tapes, I guess. It’s getting harder and harder to remember a world where nothing was online, when you had to actually go somewhere to watch something, when the whole world wasn’t available 24/7 in your pocket.

It’s absolutely impossible to imagine what things will look like five or twelve years from now, it’s just mind-boggling.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 9,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.