What Can We Look Forward To With Regards To Online Entertainment?

What Can We Look Forward To With Regards To Online Entertainment?
An attendee looks through augmented reality glasses at Marina Abramovic's exhibition 'The Life' (Photo: REUTERS)

Entertainment, for a long while, was dominated by things such as terrestrial and cable television. But as technology plays a key role in the industry, entertainment has managed to come a hell of a long way in somewhat of a short space of time. Online entertainment is now the mainstream, and there are many forms of it in existence. So it is not only possible to play a traditional game of bingo online at mFortune, but to follow your favourite gamer on Twitch TV. Therefore, the question is, what does the future hold for us in terms of online entertainment?

The internet has undoubtedly played an integral role in the development and growth in popularity of online entertainment, and the great news is that internet speeds and reliability will increase once again thanks to 5G. This 5G technology will begin rolling out this year, providing users with speeds in excess of 1Gb/s, with the hope for it to eventually provide speeds of 10Gb/s, which is 100 times faster than 4G.

The increase in internet speeds will make streaming movies via services such as Netflix a breeze, while also improving other streaming services such as those provided by the likes of Spotify and Tidal for music fans. The last five years or so have seen the rise of video game streaming too, with platforms such as Twitch continuing to go from strength to strength. Video game streams, as well as content posted on platforms such as YouTube, are now beginning to outdo television shows in terms of views, so we can certainly look forward to more from both the streaming and content creation side of things.

Furthermore, it can be argued that live streaming platforms have played a huge role in eSports and the exceptional growth seen in this area. While competitive gaming has been around for a while, it's never been as popular, with game developers now setting out to create games for the eSports market. We have seen the likes of Fortnite take the gaming and eSports world by storm, and we should expect to see more of the same from new titles going forward.

Online entertainment is also likely to be impacted by the latest technology that hits the scene, with both Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality staking a claim of late. Augmented Reality shot to fame thanks to Pokémon Go, with handsets now developed with AR content in mind. Virtual Reality is still growing too and is likely to have a big say in online entertainment going forward.

One of the great things about online entertainment is that while you sort of know what to expect based on what's already out there, there is always the possibility for something new and completely revolutionary to hit the scene and change everything completely. The impact of 5G is likely to be bigger than anyone expects, as it will affect so many parts of entertainment in a positive fashion. It will also be interesting to see where gaming goes next, with rumors of on-demand Netflix style gaming services continuing to hit the headlines.

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