Place shifting – The 6th evolution of 21st century television entertainment

Television has evolved over the years from its humble black and white beginnings to TV on the move. Having TV Aerials Preston in your home will allow anyone to watch TV at any time of the day, on any day. TV aerials are so easy to get hold of, there’s no reason for people to not have access to live TV. For all those who just can’t bear to miss their dally soap, television technology will no longer restrict you to be a couch potato because now you can watch it from anywhere. Youngsters ranging from 5 to 15 are now watching more telly than ever; adults too are far from removed in their love for television.

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Next generation TV services such as Sky Q are now influencing the latest shift in Television viewing providing broadcasting across all communicative devices. However while we celebrate the evolution of broadcasting technology to such new heights, let’s take a nostalgic trip down memory lane to watch how Television has undergone 6 major technological shifts of consumption.

1 The unforgettable Black and White

Who can forget those large wooden cabinets encasing black and white televisions with limited channels? J.L Baird’s invention in 1925 was a milestone in family entertainment. Image resolutions though weak, improved considerably with the advent of scanning systems. In comparison to the present days’ HD resolution of 1080 Pixels, Black and white’s first HD images broadcast by BBC in 1936 featured 405 lines only.

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The unforgettable Black and White

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2 The breakthrough: Color television

While Black and white TV was still improving, Color television debuted in the US in 1954. However it took a period of almost 10 years to feature a major broadcast, the complete concert of popular music artiste Patti Page.

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The new US color format in NTSC was compatible with black and white televisions too. The popular European version of pal soon followed and gained wider acceptance. Speaking of ‘Pal’ and ‘NTSC’ will make any TV viewer of the older generation experience a tinge of nostalgia much like those who loved their Murphy radios of old times.

The breakthrough: Color television

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3 Time shifting and the VCR

Color TV continued its progress to feature sharper images and with it larger Television sets. Entertainment technology then progressed to time-shifting with the birth of the VCR or video cassette recorder into homes in the 70’s. VCRs too featured an evolution of sorts from bulky machines such as the first Phillips model to the sleeker and portable Japanese versions.

The TV viewer could now record his favorite program and watch it at his own convenience. The VCR soon gave way to the compact disc featuring VCDs and DVD’s. DVRs soon followed spearheading the true notion of time-shifting with pausing technology for live TV.

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Time shifting and the VCR

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4 The modern era of Digital TV

Digital TV spelled Television’s biggest breakthrough in entertainment technology. Here was a format that spelt several advantages in terms of crisp and clear viewing. The UK once again proved the forerunner in the race to go digital. London broadcasted the first digital programme in 1998. Analog systems soon converted to the superior digital signal which not only provided clarity but variety as well. Several entertainment providers broadcasted shows in digital making conversion necessary for catching one’s favorite program.

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Digital TV then took the world by storm creating conditions for a new technology in mobile communication. 4G!

The modern era of Digital TV

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5 The LCD and widescreen HD TV

Enter the new 16:9 format and the advent of widescreen entertainment. The digital home theater with awesome sound systems revolutionized television watching. LCD and LEDs gave a whole new dimension to the word ‘resolution’! 4:3 TV made a gracious exit from homes by 2003. By this time, most broadcasters featured programs on HD starting with BBC and Sky HD in 2006. However it is the US which had already commenced broadcasting in HD as early as 1996.

The HD format with its 1080i resolution was much sharper than standard definition. One need only stand and wait patiently for the next evolution in HD formats which by virtue of technological advancement could logically progress to the superior ultra HD.

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The LCD and widescreen HD TV

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6 The new evolution of television: Place shifting

With the introduction of streaming television through popular service providers Netflix, sling box and BBC iPlayer, the concept of internet TV enabling anywhere anytime watching took the world by storm. Not to be outdone, regular broadcasters like sky and the new sky Q systems seeks to harbor a revolution of their own by providing TV signals within a home network across all devices. Be it your mobile, tab or laptop; now watch your programmes in any location of your home via a downloaded app. Other options like Freeview are popular which allow access to a range of popular channels free of charge whilst also supporting apps like Netflix as well. See here for information on such products – https://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/freeview.html.

The new evolution of television

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With the revolution of television featuring such rapid progresses, one can well imagine the day when technology addresses issues of copyright and regional restrictions. There will come a time when we will witness the next evolution of a possible breakdown of barriers allowing TV viewers a true experience of worldwide Television.

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