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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

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  • Looks like a slow day on the /. polls... first vote and first post!

    My only question is, does offline saved copies of Spotify playlists count? I mean it's definitely "streamed" in the sense that I can't tote around the same cache files and play them on any device -- they're encrypted and not in a standard format, and have to be re-keyed or something every so often to make sure you keep current with your subscription -- but since I listen to much of the same music repeatedly, I don't actually stream (in the s

    • I presumed they meant video. I listen to lots of podcasts, including some that probably had been streamed, but were saved as higher quality files for offline consumption.

      So, although technically Spotify is, I don't include it. I do count Comcast OnDemand and stuff like Netflix, or if I watch a Sounders game they streamed live.

      Sometimes I just use my giant HDTV to watch stuff live and watch streamed stuff on twitter or some other app on a cell phone (that runs over cable wireless) or tablet. Mostly have remo

      • (Just checked. It says "media" in the quiz.)

        Facebook is streamed since the content pulled via an XmlHttpRequest. Slashdot is static, but I read Facebook waaaaay more. I get my news from the Breaking News site, Google News, the DuckDuckGo Android app, and sometimes from Flipboard. Again, streamed. But those are just links to static sites.

        For music, I stream it to my car radio, typically. Or it's static on a USB stick.

        For video, roughly 50/50 streamed or static files.

    • Also the only Vost, as far as I can see...

      • He said first post and first vote. Hence "vost". Not a very good portmanteau, but plenty more "vosts" if you look carefully.

  • If you're not seeing the Matrix raw, you're doing it wrong, and they're lying to you.

  • by netsavior (627338) on Thursday July 24, 2014 @05:27PM (#47525771)
    Long ago I started ripping DVDs the instant they come out of the package, they stream from my media server now. Having kids will do that... The 4th time I bought "Cars" on DVD, I knew it was just not sustainable.

    Also, my kids would rather stream crappy content from netflix than dig out a DVD and wait for 15 minutes for the actual content to start... With my own content server, they get an interface as responsive as Netflix, but with the content I want them to have.
    • by Iniamyen (2440798) on Thursday July 24, 2014 @06:39PM (#47526317)
      That's what I do as well, although even for stuff I own on DVD I usually cut out the middleman by downloading stuff illegally, because I don't like the relatively labor-intensive process of ripping from DVD, compressing, etc...
      • by sootman (158191)

        The process isn't *that* hard, and when you rip movies you borrowed from the library or Redbox, then your ISP, the MPAA, the NSA, and everyone else doesn't know.

      • by zarmanto (884704)

        ... I don't like the relatively labor-intensive process of ripping from DVD, compressing, etc...

        I rip nearly everything to my computer as well. Note that it's generally only "labor intensive" for the computer... for the person sitting at the computer, it's really more of an exercise in patience than anything else:

        * Insert DVD,
        * Open MakeMKV, click a few buttons,
        * Wait.
        * Open Handbrake, click a few buttons,
        * Wait.
        * Add resulting file to media distribution platform of your choice. * Done!

        What's more, if what you're ripping isn't particularly popular at the moment, then you're liable to find that

    • I don't mind buying a copy of the content, but I dislike the disc experience as much as your children.

      Suggestions for loading my discs into local storage?

      • by tedgyz (515156)

        Indeed! The DVD "experience" has made streaming adoption that much faster. When I moved to my new home, I didn't even hook up a DVD player. I figured I had a PC hooked to the TV, so that would serve the purpose. The other day my son wanted to watch The Matrix. After fighting with the PC and it's rejection of the DVD because I didn't have the right decoder, we gave up. I paid $4 to watch it on Amazon Instant Video. Sure it isn't as good as the DVD, but convenience won out.

      • by Dusty101 (765661)

        What have you got against his children? Did they beat you up or something?

      • Not to mention the worst part of discs: having to get off your ass every couple hours to swap out discs. Add to that the clutter of a bunch of discs around, people with bad habits like stacking them on top of each other outside of the case, putting them in the wrong case, touching them with their fingers etc.Inconvenient, clutter and easily damaged/obsoleted when the players go away. Time to go. I don't know why I bothered but a few years back I bought a bluray player. I've rented exactly one video to try i

      • by netsavior (627338)
        I don't do blu-ray, but for DVD I just use fair-use wizard. and I run through a completely ridiculous set of trans-coding and file copying... most of it I have automated with shell scripts, but it is one of those things where I got it "good enough" by just hobbling along.
      • A small low power PC with some storage, and FreeNAS installed. Once that's done, run the FreeNAS Plex plugin, and move your legally obtained media to the new movie server. For conversion, I like Handbrake.
    • Yes. Almost all my media is streamed ... from my basement. It was a pain to set up, but now the kids can watch whatever they want without the pains of going through DVD or BluRay menus. A plus is that the home videos are easily accessible as well.

    • how do you have your content server networked? do you use wifi...cable...both? do you use some kind of software (maybe airport?) that does it all for you?

      • by Lazere (2809091)
        I don't know how parent does it, but I'll tell you how I do it. I've got a dedicated server that is wired in (I wouldn't recommend WiFi for the server). I use samba on linux for sharing from the server. The same exact thing can be accomplished through Windows by just sharing a folder. My home theater pc is on WiFi (TVs in a bad place to wire it in) and runs XBMC. Share two folders from the server, one for TV shows and one for movies. Tell XBMC where to grab them from, it will automatically pull descriptions
      • I've been doing something similar for nearly a decade now. I started with a D-Link DSM-520 media streamer, then a WDTV, but eventually moved to XBMC and a custom built box to get the media compatibility I needed. Basically...

        - The first rule of Netflix streaming is that they won't have the movie you want to see. Ever.
        - WiFi is not a good option, especially for streaming HD video. You don't want the thing stuttering when you bring a date home or your kids are screaming for Finding Nemo.
        - Streaming over NFS s

        • good advice thanks!

        • by lgw (121541)

          WiFi vs powerline networking is very much house-specific. Modern WiFi works great in most places these days, but it matters what's in the walls between here and there. Powerline networking works great in some places, but other are wired so there there's no signal at all between certain rooms, because of deliberate isolation (only heard o fthat in newer houses). One or the other is pretty likely to work for you, if you can't get GbE wired where you need it. At least try to wire up your most-used TV.

          I use

      • I have 2 dedicated servers, 1 is a micro atom box which runs mysql, squid, dans guardian, torrents, dhcp, mail etc. And another which is a freenas box holding all my storage. I share the data off the freenas box both via samba and nfs. Samba for the windows and handheld devices and nfs for the shuttle atom xbmcbuntu boxes I have behind the tvs. I have 3 of those and so that I can share what has been watched and the like they all push data to the mysql server.

        The freenas box runs a script which pings eac

    • by Cyfun (667564)

      A friend of mine is a single mom and is routinely broke, but was still shelling out $60/mo for cable TV. I was giving her shit about it one day, and she said she only does it just for the kids channels. For her it was worth $2 a day just to plop her lil bastard in front of it so she could get shit done around the house.

      So I took one of my old modded Xboxes, downloaded all the damn kids shows I could find (even those from 20 years ago), showed her how to rip DVDs to it, and set up XBMC so that she can just

    • by OS24Ever (245667) *

      I wouldn't define a ripped DVD as streaming. To me that's Netflix or Prime or Hulu or whatever.

      I *buy* my Movies, and Netflix TV shows I missed mostly. While attempting to lose weight I've watched a lot of TV series on Netflix on the treadmill this last year. So much so that I've made myself bored/tired of watching something. Playing PS3 games on a treadmill is all well and good until you place assassin's creed and inadvertently take a step/lean while climbing on a building.

    • by dargaud (518470)
      I'm curious as to why you use the term 'streaming' for local network storage ? I too have copies of videos and music on a local NFS server, locally mounted on the various laptops. I don't call this 'streaming'. Am I missing something ?
  • Tricky (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Xtifr (1323) on Thursday July 24, 2014 @05:32PM (#47525803) Homepage

    Most of my video, but almost none of my music. But I'm not sure how those two compare percentage-wise. And what about books? Do those count as media? I certainly don't stream even e-books. (Except, arguably, through O'Reilly's Safari program, which might count.) But then there's news media, which is almost entirely streamed. If you count visiting web-pages as streaming.

    Honestly, I'm really not sure. Depending on how I measure, I might be able to come up with a number anywhere from 20 to 80.

    • and there is the question of time and data too. when i watch locally, its usually 1080p. when i watch youtube, i usually set it to 480p because of my slow internet. so even though i might watch more youtube in terms of the time watched, the data transfered is way less than local 1080p content.

  • Choose one of the below:

    1. Waiting in line for three hours for a badly mixed movie I could have watched next week
    2. Dressing up as a Superhero without realizing how overweight I was until I saw it on the news
    3. Becoming a Furry. What goes on in Furry rooms, stays in Furry rooms.
    4. Comics. Because, duh!
    5. Cloning Wil Wheaton.

  • Definitions (Score:4, Insightful)

    by SrLnclt (870345) on Thursday July 24, 2014 @05:48PM (#47525929)
    Depends on how you define streaming. If streaming only includes stuff arriving from the internets (netflix, amazon, pandora, hulu, etc.) then maybe 10% - mostly audio. If streaming includes playing back audio/video from my local NAS box, then it probably around 90%. Only a small amount of my media is played back on the same device that it is stored on, but very little arrives from the cloud.
    • this is a bi-model distribution; and I think it reflects those who still have cable versus those who have cut the cord...

      • I noticed this too, but think it reflects something other than access.

        Obviously if you cut the cable: you stream or you either suffer the airwaves or just don't watch TV. But if you do still have cable, do you never stream? I don't think so, cable is dying because it can't offer the content you want on demand. You'll still stream, but you'll also get new shows on the DVR and balance the two.

    • This is what i was wondering. I have several TB of movies and about 10GB of music that is all stored on a custom built NAS in a 4u rack mount case. Storage my friend...anyway, this is what I(and my roommates) stream most of our movies/music from in the house. Other times, only for movies and music we don't yet have we use Pandora, Spotify, Netflix or Hulu. If it's only what comes from the ISP/Internet side then that's about 20%...if you want to count what is streamed internally as well, it's about 90%.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I mainly watch a number of people I'm subscribed with on YouTube, so pretty much everything is 100% streamed, other than the occasional movie, and even those wind up being purchased from an online store.

    I'd love it if YouTube would give the option to content producers to allow automatic downloading, especially in a Web browser using local storage. I know it does some caching, but not entire videos, and having the videos download in the background would be a nice thing to have, especially longer ones.

    Of cou

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I'd love it if YouTube would give the option to content producers to allow automatic downloading, especially in a Web browser using local storage. I know it does some caching, but not entire videos, and having the videos download in the background would be a nice thing to have, especially longer ones.

      Youtube won't. Youtube-dl is a Python script that will. Even if you have to remux the 1080p MP4 with the 128k M4A stream separately to get HD (because they took down their combined HTTP streaming and forced ev

  • if it's worth watching it's gotta be 1080p and at least 3000Kbps bitrate.
  • The percentage of media I stream has dropped to nearly none (Netflix doesn't have any shows that interest me besides Futurama). I torrent all the movies/shows/anime I watch, all my music is local, and my books are hardcopies.
  • I put 80-100%, but that's only if you count local streaming. Almost everything here is not watched via Netflix or Plex and the TVs each get a Chromecast.

  • I have a bunch of stuff on bandcamp and it's easier to stream it from my phone than to download it into something that my car will play.

  • My only streams are from my subscription to MUBI.
    If TCM offered me a streaming service, I'd certainly pay for it.

  • by antdude (79039) on Thursday July 24, 2014 @09:50PM (#47527705) Homepage Journal

    I prefer to download them even if they are streamable since my Internet can be slow, unstable, etc. If I can't do that, then I am forced to stream. I don't watch Hulu, Netflix, etc. though. I do plenty of free videos like YouTube.

    • I do the same. Does it count as "streaming" if I download shows to a linux box that streams them to a WD TV Live? They're both downloaded and streamed! I don't stream from online sources beyond the occasional youtube video.
  • I don't use music streaming and similar services at all, just don't like them.
    I don't use Netflix and similar movie streaming services at all. I'd like to but can't a lot of the time because of stupid regional restrictions.
    I watch a fair amount of YouTube stuff (and appreciate the complete lack of stupid regional restrictions).
    I listen to quite a bit of recorded radio programs offered by local radio stations over 3G/4G on my iPhone.

    That amounts to about 20-30% of my media consumption.

    Additionally all of my

    • by Xtifr (1323)

      I watch a fair amount of YouTube stuff (and appreciate the complete lack of stupid regional restrictions).

      It's not actually a complete lack. I haven't been able to watch the last couple of seasons of QI, because the BBC allows them on YouTube only with regional restrictions, and I'm not in the UK, and the BBC hasn't arranged for any other form of distribution of the show in the US. But in general, yeah, it's better than a lot of the alteratives.

      (I could probably snag them off some torrent site somewhere, but I don't do that sort of thing in general.)

      • Use a VPN. Currently only Hulu are a bunch of dicks that don't allow VPN. Netflix and YouTube still allow VPN.
        • by Xtifr (1323)

          Thanks. Hadn't thought of that, since it's way, way down on my list of priorities, but that makes a lot of sense. I can't actually moderate, since I've already commented, but please accept this virtual +1 interesting. :)

          Still, the fact that there are relatively simple workarounds doesn't mean there aren't region restrictions.

  • Planned on using the internet more, but AT&T stopped me with a notice that I exceeded my "cap" and would be charged more if I did so again. Still, I'm never going to "pay for TV" again. $12,000 a decade is just way too much for me.

  • by Bruce66423 (1678196) on Friday July 25, 2014 @05:14AM (#47529523)
    My immediate response was very low - in terms of music / DVDs, but if you include 'media' as newspapers v paper, the proportion rises enormously - as a news junkie, I read stupid amounts online i.e. streamed...
  • So I don't get much content from the internet, well unless you count ordering blu-rays off Amazon getting content off the internet, but I almost never place any physical media in the machine I watch it on. When I get a new movie in I rip it down to my hard drives as a loss-less mkv, add meta data, and then update my PLEX library. This lets me have a large library of movies that I can watch anywhere I have a reliable internet connection via the PLEX app on my phone, tablet, PC or HTPC. It works great and I g
  • So many definitions are needed to answer this question. Assuming that written text is considered media, how do you define a unit? Is it time spent with the media? Is it the number of distinct topics viewed (each episode of a show count as one)? Or is it the storage required for the media?

    SO MANY THINGS ARE UNDEFINED
  • by praxis (19962) on Friday July 25, 2014 @02:19PM (#47533285)

    Does terrestrial broadcast signal count as "streaming"? Most of the media that enters my consciousness is broadcast television, printed word, radio and video or audio streams from the internet. If we discount broadcast television and radio as streams, then I need to find a good way to measure the proportion of printed word against streaming audio and video. If we count broadcast television and radio as streams, then internet streaming is a very small perfect (5% or so) compared to those even if we discount printed word.

    Really, I think the crux here is that printed word and internet audio or video streams are really hard to compare.

  • I'm up near 100% - assuming I can include my ripped movies and TV shows, which are "streamed" from my media server (an old Powerbook) to my television. If not, I'm still in the 60-80% bracket. My daughter's taste in movies and TV shows is similar to mine, and so she has pretty much the same viewing habits.

    I'm not at 100% because we still watch (via Tivo) a few old TV shows - e.g. Hogan's Heroes and Seinfeld - that aren't always available via the streaming options I've got.

    My wife, though, still watches a f

  • My teens = 100%. They've not done appointment TV in the last three years other than to watch an "amazing race' ep with the old folks. The old folks = 50%. We still have some stuff OTA, which we watch on DVR, rarely 'real time'. I'm currently loving the 50's B movies on Hulu and various Youtube fan fiction episodes. (we are still learning :) ) I cut cable when they raised rates and added a $5 "sports fee" to the bill. I don't care about sports on TV and the idea that I was paying $60 for something I NE
  • What with streaming and the convenience of ripping DVDs into a playback system, I have to wonder if interest in HD is being suppressed. I have a limited selection of Blu-ray and now will not even consider buying one unless it comes with a DVD copy. Scratch that, I dont consider buying them anymore.

    • No because ripping Blu-rays is as easy as a ripping a DVD. You do have to spend a couple hours (on a semi-recent CPU) re-encoding to get the size down, though.

      • And I find that hi-def was a fad for me. I am more interested in the story than anything else. DVD quality is sufficient.

        • Actually I prefer the larger rips by far. Story is hugely important and I am willing to watch something of low quality if it is good enough. But I will always go a high rate 1080 if given the choice.

          I also bought a bluray drive for my pc and rip away with that.

  • everything streams from my dvd player to the tv over the hdmi cable

  • I spend more time reading, but bit wise the videos win? Was the percentage based on bit volume or use time?

  • In other words, does "streaming" have to be digital?

    .
    If over the air FM radio is considered streaming (technically, it is), then instead of 0 to 20%, I'd have to say 60 to 80%.

  • Australian Internet will not allow us to stream much. Nad the fact we don't have Netflix makes it even worse for the prevalence of streaming.
  • by glwtta (532858) on Monday July 28, 2014 @06:15PM (#47553511) Homepage

    So far, these are the words in the question that no one can agree on a definition for:

    1. stream
    2. media
    3. consume
    4. percentage

    Roughly in descending order of disagreement.

    • This is a wonderful example of how when you want to manipulate results from public opinion polls, you use words your audience thinks it understands, but doesn't. We do it all the time.

    • by gurps_npc (621217)
      Percentage is the worst one. It is at heart a simple mathematical concept that way too many people don't understand. X percent of Y - Divide Y into 100s, and the number of hundred's you are talking about is X.

      Sometimes I think that should be the one question every job interview above minimum wage should ask. If you fail, you shouldn't be allowed to be paid anything more than minimum wage.

      If they complain, tell them they will get a 100% pay raise in one year automatically, but there might be a 50% pay c

  • I think that the question makes more sense in geographies that have ubiquitous and reliable bandwidth. For those of us in other parts of the world, the question might be better rephrased as "What percentage of your media consumption is downloaded?". For me, the answer would be over 90%.

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