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The Internet is fast; computers are powerful. It makes sense, then, that live televised entertainment has found a new home: PC monitors. Popular commercial services like Netflix and Hulu are commanding a strong part of the television market in an age when watching TV no longer requires a TV. I was a resident assistant at my college a few years ago when they made the decision to cut cable service. There was no reason to keep it anymore - anyone who wanted to watch TV was using the Internet. It was the first salient realization for a lot of people that Internet streaming had become huge.
However, since its rise in popularity, streaming has also enabled anyone with a computer to stream over the Internet. Lots of people have been using webcams to interact face-to-face via instant messaging services for years. Since higher bandwidth has become more common, many have found uses for personal streams over the Internet to the public. These livestreams can be accessed by anyone from an Internet browser from any common computer.
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