Published On: Fri, Jan 8th, 2016

How Technology Has Changed The Way We Watch TV

Technology is constantly evolving and changing. As you read this, there are people working on new technologies and trying to invent new things. The great thing about tech is that it can have a big impact on everyday life. And, most of the time, we don’t tend to notice it. We’ve become so used to having technology at our fingertips; we end up forgetting how lucky we are. It’s made simple things a lot better and more enjoyable for normal people.

TV

A prime example of this revolves around TV. When TV’s were first introduced to the public, they were tiny. It’s incredible to look at some images from that time and see the things they called televisions. They had tiny 3-inch screens, and there weren’t any proper TV channels around. Gradually, screens got bigger, and channels started to surface. Families had a channel or two to choose from, and people started making content for TV. It was a new step in family entertainment for people that spent their lives listening to the radio. Now, they could actually see things as well as hear!

The more we progress through time, the more obvious the changes are. TV’s got bigger and more affordable. And, more and more TV stations started to pop up. Families received a set number of channels for free, that they could watch whenever they wanted. There were more programs to watch too. Technology allowed TV’s to get better and better. Television signals also improved. Anyone with an old TV can remember you used to have an antenna on the top. Sometimes you had to move this around to try and get a clear picture on your screen. Then, things got better; technology advanced. We had satellite dishes using a horn antenna to boost your TV signal and get a great picture at all times. With satellites came a whole host of new channels. People could buy subscriptions to hundreds of channels that they could watch as they please. We also had cable TV popping up, offering a different way to get more TV channels, without the need for a satellite.

Then, TV’s started getting thinner. We saw flatscreen TV’s emerge, and then they started getting thinner too! Now, technology has allowed for super thin, high-definition TV’s, some of which are curved! It’s allowed us to watch our favourite shows in HD, with crisp pictures and colours. Also, we’ve seen the rise of on-demand TV. People can now watch shows whenever they want by using the many on-demand services available. Then, technology made it possible for streaming services, like Netflix, to come about. You get a whole host of movies and TV shows at your fingertips without having to watch adverts.

Advancements in technology have revolutionised the way we watch TV. We now have super thin TV’s with massive displays and can watch whatever we want. There’s a huge choice of entertainment for you to enjoy at any time. When you look back at how far we’ve come since those 3-inch screens, you realise we take it for granted these days.