There is no doubt that television is a huge source of entertainment. One of the greatest advantages of having a TV is that it keeps you up to date with what is happening around the world.
You can watch your favourite sports, current news, movies as well as a host of educational and parenting programs. Television has come a long way and thanks to technological advancements, gone are the days when we used to glue our eyes on the black-and-white broadcast of the 1960s.
Today, you can actually watch your programs on a full-colour, HD big screen TV and experience the joy it brings. Despite being a huge part of the entertainment industry in the last few decades, there are growing concerns regarding the future for TVs.
In fact, many are now asking the question, will TV become obsolete?
Experts now believe that television, an entertainment slave, may have seen better days. Even though viewer demand is higher than ever and is still projected to increase, consumers would rather watch videos on smartphones, laptops, DVD and tablets because these high-end devices allow them to skip advertising and versatility that a TV simply cannot offer.
Outside the professional football season or some eye-catching national news events, television in most Australian homes often remain idle. This is a fact that has been proven. In fact, there are statistics to support this.
In the last five years, viewers in the Millennial age bracket have fallen by an average of 4% annually. Studies tend to show that the drop will likely continue as entertainment providers are offering amazing viewing options for the so-called cord-cutters; those who have reportedly surrendered cable television subscriptions.
In an era of iPads, Netflix and the digital content, many people are now forgoing traditional television at alarming rates. Hulu, Netflix and perhaps Amazon are all busy bulking their libraries up and continue to provide authentic, original and high-quality content at which viewers can watch from their tablets, computers and other digital devices at relatively affordable rates.
So what are some main contributors to making television obsolete?
1) Online streaming services are taking over
If you are like most people today, the chances of you currently using a broad range of streaming services to watch some of your favourite content are high. While most of us are aware that the internet is simply rendering television almost useless, it is becoming increasingly clearer that it is also entirely reinventing the television platform. Apparently, apart from infrastructure, cable companies are offering little, if any value.
With the rise of these relatively cheaper, incredibly accessible streaming services, it is easy to believe that the cable television will be kicked out of the market sooner than later. After all, why would you bother with cable TV when you have a broad range of movies and entire series at your fingertips, for a relatively lower price than you’d have to pay for a box? What’s more, there are plenty of online services and websites on which you can stream live TV for free.
The internet is full of illegal streaming websites which are easily accessible for anyone to use. With the advent of fast internet connections as well as on-demand content, it is becoming evident day by day that live TV delivered through cable providers will become obsolete.
2) Behaviour is changing
The convenience of watching your favourite TV show on the go has never been more accessible with easy connection to the internet. You can simply watch Netflix on the train commute to and from work to pass the time on your mobile phone.
More and more people are today watching entertainment on mobile phones, laptops and tablets instead of big television screens. While the variety of content, the absence of commercial advertisements and the authenticity and freshness are critical factors that are luring the current generation away from the TVs, there are possibly other reasons why people will continue to snub traditional television. Smaller screens are equally mobile, extremely accessible and private thus ideal for the preferred mode of viewing; binge-watching.
And according to a particular study, it is believed that three years from now, only one out of ten people will watch television content on a traditional screen. Nearly half of the visual content will be viewed through tablets, smartphones and high-end laptops. Believe it or not, content viewing is undergoing a massive shift.
While the television will always be there for big-budget events and sports, there is a high probability that it will lose its relevance with time, especially among the younger generations. What’s more, as the internet continues to advance and expand, the traditional methods of viewing will become more and more outdated. With the advent of fast internet speeds and content streaming, the use of conventional televisions will likely become obsolete.
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