Have finished watching Click on BBC the growing trend seems to be moving away from physical media like DVD & Blu-ray in favour of streaming on demand options. If you have a really good speed broadband service with an unlimited download quota then this is certainly an option. We are seeing our televisions, XBox’s, PlayStation’s all being Internet capable – so why would we ever want to use physical media anymore. Just turn on connect up (either cable or wirelessly) and watch whatever movie or TV show you want when you want, making use of recommender systems to suggest other shows you may be interested in. According to Click – Netflix in the states is the most popular as it as available on virtually every device, we can expect them to make significant inroads in the UK and Ireland in the near future.
So – the next time we are fitting out one of our computer labs should we just do away with the need of having a DVD drive? At present we are looking at getting some new high-end workstations for Video and 3D work. Perhaps we should forget about a Blu-ray / DVD drive and invest in something else.
Another interesting online tool mentioned is a service called Join.me. This allows one to share their desktop screen with up to 250 people simultaneously for free. One of course can upgrade to a paid pro account for additional feature and security. This could perhaps be a very useful tool for both in and out with the University Computer Lab. Streaming Video – Streaming Labs / Lectures – the Future?