TV on the Go

I'm finally starting to make the most of my new smartphone. I've been watching television series and movies on my handheld device, and it looks great.  My Hulu Plus subscription and my Verizon Fios access to HBO Go allows me to see an incredible amount of content almost anywhere I go. No longer am I chained to my home TV screen or my desktop or laptop computer monitors.  The screen of my phone is pretty big, making the HD images look truly dazzling.  Plug in my headphones and I can enjoy an episode of Game of Thrones, a viewing of an old episode of The Incredible Hulk, or one of the multitude of the latest films that's available. It's as easy as clicking a few links.

Content is still king.  Viewers still have an appetite for comedy, drama, reality shows, action/adventure, sports, etc.  Mobile devices are making it possible to access and watch that content 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Netflix isn't just streaming shows, it's starting to produce its own. Whether or not the new season of Arrested Development is a hit or not, it is a sign of what's to come -- more productions made outside the traditional business models of the past.  Soap operas such as All My Children and One Life to Live have a second life online, where they compete with original Web series.  Amazon.com is producing its own original series with the same production values and big name stars, like John Goodman, as the traditional network television studios from Hollywood are creating.

This won't mean the end of the home television set, just as the jumbo-sized silver-screen hasn't disappeared yet from multiplex cinema theaters. It does mean, however, that consumers are shifting their viewing habits and now have the luxury of carrying their legally obtained entertainment anywhere anytime.

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