In just the last five or six years, online streaming has taken over both the movie and TV niches to such an extent hundreds of millions of people now get most of their films and TV from them.

How did online streaming (e.g. Netflix, Hulu, Couchtuner, etc.) become so popular, though, and why do people love it so much?

The cost — Only a decade ago, if you and your family wanted to see a movie, you would often have to pay more than 70 dollars just for four people to see it. When you consider paying for an online streaming service nowadays costs 10 dollars or just a little more, and for that you can watch unlimited TV and movies, no wonder so many people love it.

The convenience — Not everyone has the time to travel to a movie theater to see a film. Especially after they have been working all day. With Netflix, Amazon Prime and other online streaming services, however, you do not even have to leave your home. Just turn on the TV, go to the online streaming service you usually use, and choose what you want to watch tonight.

A huge selection of movies and TV — With most of the streaming services, you also get an enormous number of TV shows and films to choose from. Plus, you can binge watch your favorite shows one episode after another.

Traveling with online streaming services — Several of the services now allow you to download the movies and TV series you want to watch and take them with you while you travel.

That means you no longer have to worry about having interesting films to watch on a plane, or having something to do if you are stuck waiting for a bus. Just watch the movie or TV series you have downloaded anywhere you happen to be.