February 8, 2019
As an avid streaming media user, I never have a shortage of things to watch. A few weeks ago, however, I experienced my first heartbreak: Moana left Netflix. Confused, aghast, and completely beside myself, I couldn’t comprehend how I would find a way to watch my third all-time favorite movie. As a subscriber to services like Hulu, Netflix, DIRECTV Now, CBS All Access, Comedy Central, and a few others, I am at the mercy of streaming services removing and adding content erratically.
Luckily, I was able to find and watch Moana on DIRECTV Now. Whew. Unfortunately, Moana was just another part of a larger list of Disney movies removed from Netflix. Disney has been hinting for a few years now that it would be creating its own streaming service, thus removing its movies and TV shows from Netflix, and joining the growing list of companies with streaming services.
Even though streaming media took off in the late ’90s/early 2000s, it is still a new concept for many people. Streaming media is basically watching TV on the internet with the help of a streaming device, smart TV, or on a mobile device with an app. Streaming services, like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, are a great alternative to cable. The cost of cable has exponentially increased over the years.
So, with the help of a streaming device, which usually plugs into the HDMI port of a TV, allowing the TV to communicate with a Wi-Fi network, you can sign in to a streaming service of your choice and enjoy unlimited hours of TV shows, movies, original content, and maybe even Moana.
The Library offers numerous streaming services for both music and movies. Visit mymcpl.org/go-digital to learn about MCPL’s many digital services.
What is your favorite streaming service?
Electronic Resources Department