Success of Netflix, Amazon in video help spurs move away from reality TV

The impressive gains that Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) are enjoying in the video space are hard to ignore: From Kevin Spacey in House of Cards to Amazon's recent announcement that Woody Allen will write a show for the company's Instant Video streaming video service, it's clear that quality, scripted content is increasingly moving online.

As FierceOnlineVideo Editor Samantha Bookman points out, this trend is forcing established media companies like Starz, NBCUniversal and others to bulk up their own portfolios of original, scripted TV shows--sometimes at the expense of previous reality TV series like Jersey Shore and Real Housewives. This shift could also have ramifications for the wireless industry, as more and more video viewing shifts to mobile devices and wireless networks.

For more on the shift in online video to quality, scripted content, check out this Editor's Corner.