Ease is what drives this revolution. In the late 1990s, DVD box sets made it possible for “Star Trek” devotees to own every episode without adding rooms to their houses.
Now, the original series and all the spinoffs are available for streaming with no storage needed — space truly is the final frontier.
Viewers increasingly want to watch shows on their own terms, when and where they want, and streaming makes that possible.
The inroads made by streaming video in 2013, the dramatic changes in viewership and availability in just 12 short months, mean that a similarly dramatic paradigm shift could happen in 2014 — this conversation might sound like centenarians reminiscing about Victrolas by late-2014.
But for now, it looks like the revolution will not be televised in the way Gil Scott-Heron predicted.
It will be streamed.