TV has been around for close to 100 years now and since its inception, it has changed significantly. When TV first came out, there were people who actively wondering whether or not TV would actually make it into every home. Now, there are many homes that have a TV in every room of the house. Some homes even have a TV in the bathroom so that people don’t miss anything while they take a shower or relax in the tub. While this might seem to be a bit extreme, this serves as a microcosm of how TV has changed since it first came into the lives of the average person.
With the rise of the internet, TV viewing habits are changing even more. There has been a growing push for people to cut the cord, which is the term used to describe breaking up with cable. It should come as no surprise that people are jumping from cable contracts at the first opportunity. The reality is that many cable companies operate in a virtual monopoly, only providing someone with one option in their given region so that they can charge just about whatever they want for their service in that part of the country. Now, there has been a rise in something called streaming.
The streaming wars have grown into a full-fledged battle, with numerous services popping up all over the place. For example, Sling provides people with access to a few dozen channels of their choosing. After all, does anyone really need 1,500 channels offered by some of the cable companies? Even some of the tech giants such as Apple and Amazon are jumping into the fray, duking it out with more established entertainment companies such as Disney. Of course, who can forget Netflix, which someone could argue was the very first streaming platform of its kind.
With streaming being the new “gold standard” for TV viewing habits, it should come as no surprise that there are many people who are looking to leverage the power of the internet to create a smoother viewing habit. That is where the advent of CloudTV, MeshWiFi, and numerous other terms are starting to become more common in the world of modern TV. Today, viewers expect to be able to view an entire season of a show at once, which is also called binging. While there are still some platforms that release only one episode per week, this is no longer considered normal.
It will be interesting to see how TV viewing habits continue to change. While the exodus from cable packages will continue as the older generation (who still relies on cable) continues to pass away and the younger generation becomes more important, it will be exciting to see how the younger generation expects to receive their TV. It will be the responsibility of the providers to make sure that their audience is kept happy. Otherwise, they will certainly hear about it.