The Internet has brought so much information and services at the fingertips of millions of online and mobile users. Unfortunately, the online world has led many industries to close shop, such as print media and brick-and-mortar stores.
Logically speaking, the offline nature of television should have caused it to die a natural death as well, what with the rise in popularity of YouTube and video streaming sites. On the contrary, breakthroughs in technology have made TV more popular than before.
Here are some of the ways that new technology has contributed to the revival of television:
Streaming Web Services
The metamorphosis of Netflix from a video rental company to a streaming video service has revolutionized TV watching in recent years. According to an article on TechRadar, Netflix is focusing on original content, “and along with all-new original shows and movies, this includes mining our nostalgia for revivals of old shows or films that many grew up with, reuniting the same cast in the same world, either as a prequel or a sequel.”
The popularity of Netflix has increased public clamor for more television sets that can project online streaming services on the screen. As a result, TV manufacturers have continued to release Internet TV products and streaming-compatible television units.
Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
If you are subscribed to a cable company or a satellite service provider like Dish Network, you probably know how important it is to record TV shows especially if you can’t catch them during their actual broadcasts. DVRs have given viewers the opportunity to enjoy TV programs outside the bounds of their respective time slots. By recording programs via DVR, you can rest assured that you won’t miss an episode of your favorite TV series.
Social Media: The Ultimate Source Of Spoilers
If you’re following a specific TV show with a rabid fan base, you’ll find yourself itching to get to your DVR or to your mobile device to watch the latest episode. The reason? Spoilers abound online.
There’s a big chance that your friends have already seen it, and have posted their comments on jaw-dropping moments of the show. You don’t want to see these spoilers, right? That’s the beauty – and bane – of social media, I suppose.
In other words, social media and online spoilers have encouraged – nay, forced – people to stay glued to the series without missing a single episode.
Alternative Avenues For TV Watching
These days, you don’t need to be at home to watch TV shows. Heck, you don’t even need a television to watch TV! The emergence of online video services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu has given millions of TV viewers more chances to catch up on their desired shows.
In addition, online video services have given hope to followers of TV shows that get axed by traditional TV networks. From “Cougar Town” to spin-offs like “Better Call Saul”, axed shows are given a new lease on life through these streaming services. Elite Daily described axed programs as similar to Jon Snow, who was supposedly dead but was breathed back to life.
Recent tech advances have somehow solidified the power of TV. As network execs and television manufacturers upgrade together with technology, all we can really do is turn on the TV and watch our favorite programs while they still exist.