Television has been present for almost one and a half centuries, and there is virtually no place in the world that has not been reached by it. It is certainly one of those inventions that changed the world of information and entertainment. It is also something that has been continually changing throughout its existence, constantly being technically and qualitatively improved.
Although there were times when these changes are slow, nowadays changes are taking place practically every season. So what does the future hold for television?
Let us discuss TV sets first. As an electronic device, it has crossed a long way since its early days as a small black and white set to Smart TV’s the size of a small cinema screen. Although the plasma vs. LED dilemma is still ongoing, one thing is sure, the TV set of tomorrow will not be just TVs.
They will become the multimedia centers of the household incorporating internet connection and direct media streaming, be it the movies, your family digital photo collection or the playing field for your favorite computer games. Practically all digital content will be directly taken either from your PCs, laptops, tablets and external drives, to your personal clouds, without the need for a media streamer or any digital receiver whatsoever.
TV program providers
In the light of a rapid growth of internet broadcasted TV production, it is clear that the way cable TV providers operate today will soon be the thing of the past. The need for the set-top boxes apparently expires, and the role of cable companies as the link between the TV program producers and its consumers becomes obsolete.
They will not immediately go out of business entirely, but they will have to adapt quickly and find a way to make the best use of the infrastructure they have. For example, in home security. For everything related to TV program, a digital TV antenna installation and a stable internet connection will cover practically all that is important and valuable in the future.
The TV industry is changing because technology is changing. Still, this is not the only influential factor. The habits and needs of TV users change along with the technological advancements, and the producers of TV programs will need to monitor the changes closely.
The statistics show the trend of a continual rise in the number of mobile device users, especially smartphone ones, in the last three years. The trend is forecasted to continue, and the TV program producers are well on it already. What this means is that TV sets will share the role of being the primary appliance the TV program is watched on with tablets, PCs, laptops and especially smartphones.
This creates sociological consequences, as well, particularly in family relations and the bonds created between family members during shared time in front of the TV set, but this is a subject that requires an entirely separate discussion.
It is safe to say that television has a promising future. Another thing that is certain is that the changes the future brings to the world of television will be continual and will need adaptation from every link in the video chain, from program creators to service providers, equipment manufacturers and finally us, the consumers.
When we as consumers are concerned, staying on top of things means smoother transition. Still, being a pioneer in the matter involves risks, just as falling behind does. Therefore, holding the middle ground would be the safest choice.