Streaming Past, Present and Future
What the Future Holds for Media Streamers
Our Grandparents Media Streamers
While it may be difficult to imagine our Grandparents streaming media. They really were and so were many other people. Clear back since the late 1800's when the first radios showed up and wireless technology was born. Both radio and television were the streamers of choice for many years and are still very much enjoyed today.
Long before the satellite and cable industries ever existed, receiving TV and Radio content by antenna was as an effective way to stream media back then as it still is today. With only a simple set of rabbit ears, it entertained many families for decades past. Best of all, the content was completely free and paid for by commercial advertisements.
Today's Media Streamers
With the invention of the iPod, it forever changed the way people stored and listened to music. It was only natural for media streamers to do the same for video content. The very first media players were essentially no more than a small portable external looking hard drive with a tiny built-in on-board Linux computer. Once attached to a television, it took our video files from computer monitors and brought them into our living rooms onto our televisions in full HD resolution.
The latest Apple TV and Roku streamers no longer contain internal hard drives in their current line of media streamers. These small and sexy hockey puck sized devices now pack quite a large punch. They can now be left permanently attached to a television tucked away out of sight bringing a wealth of content into our homes not even imagined twenty years ago.
They can either receive their video content directly from the internet without downloading, or they can easily stream content from a computer or networked attached storage device over a wireless or hard wired Ethernet connection.
Tomorrow's Media Streamers
This is where things start getting a little more interesting. Technology will continue to evolve and grow smaller, as is already evident with Roku's latest Streaming Stick. A device hardly larger than a USB thumb drive, incredibly it contains the same hardware capabilities as their larger table top streamers.
Possibly in the near future, SSD storage will be added to current streamers giving them full DVR capabilities with built in HD QAM tuners.
iPads and tablets today are already replacing desktop computers. As tablets become more powerful, they will begin to serve as media hubs. Eventually replacing much larger energy sucking media servers, NAS drives and even home theater systems.
We predict large screen televisions will go the way of record players, eight-track tapes and DVD players. As consumers become more familiar with 3D glasses, it will be a nano step to switch them over to watching their video content on personal OLED glasses or a tiny projector as Google is working on right now. These devices will contain tiny built in WiFi media streamers and 500 TB micro flash chips to store and backup personal data.
The next large technology leap may be in organic nano computer implants. These tiny devices will be powerful enough to stream music and video content directly to our brains from the cloud, no glasses or headphones required. The powerful Tri-Lithium batteries will only need replacing every hundred years or so. These state of the art organic media streamers will be built and sold by the mega technology giant dominating the industry, Apple-GoogSoft. Fortunately we don't need to wait for the future, we have some pretty amazing technology available to us today.