So you got that latest smartphone everyone’s been waiting for, the tablet that will revolutionize the handheld computing, and you never use anything short of the newest version of Android and iOS. But, what about your television? Is it at par with the rest of your uber-cool gadgetry? And how often do you upgrade it?
No wonder the television is referred to as the ‘idiot box’. The television is not only among the oldest gadgets possessed by man, it is also one of those devices which is fiddled every day and yet it is supposed to perform efficiently for at least decades – when the same long life is not expected from your smartphone or tablet. Every device is riding high on the wave of technological revolution but the television is still friends with the firstborn person of the house.
Internet replaces your dish network
Over the last couple of years, the activity of watching TV has lost its charm. The whys and wherefores of it could be listed to the (over)availability of other options, user-friendliness of said devices and their easy approachability. There has been a paradigm shift in the ways we watch TV and where we watch it. The game changing, internet rebellion broke out and it has turned the worldwide communication equation over its head.
Enormous amounts of data is being put online, internet has become the basic mode of communication and entertainment for human beings. And that degree of availability has eliminated the need to watch a half-hour’s length of advertisements for a two hour long movie, while murdering the integrity of the scenes simultaneously.
Youtube is becoming mainstream
A new ecosystem is developing on the labyrinth of your internet browser. One good example is our very own Youtube. Now Youtube isn’t just about watching funny LOLCat videos or a mash up pitching two unlikely contenders in the arena, (like-say the Undertaker vs. Roger Federer?).
Youtube has become a staple of worldwide entertainment and an abode of knowledge. And the degree of control over what you wish to see is unmatchable. You don’t have to pay a dime for the services- unlike the cable operator or DTH services where you pay loads of money to get not just what you wanted but also the irritating extras.
What Youtube has to offer
Most of the popular channels have already started making their TV shows available online after the premiere so as to reach out to their viewers. Also, another stark difference in TV and Youtube is that, unlike television, where one episode airs only once, the videos posted online are up there for posterity.
And not just mainstream shows, but plenty of regional and global shows too are available on this universal platform. Also the medium is not limited to TV soap operas. In fact, news, business and sports all are available on the unending platform of the interweb.
But apart from the varying degrees of entertainment (depending on your tastes) there are a plethora of channels to learn something new as well! Mind you, Youtube is not just a gigantic store of webisodes or newscasts, please let the 3rd most popular website in the world make a second impression on you.
Get what you want
Just like an a la carte menu, Youtube allows you to subscribe to the things you want to watch and, well, don’t worry about the rest. But unlike a satellite dish connection, all the same stuff is available for free on Youtube with selectivity. AdAge recently reported that Youtube is planning to launch many paid subscription channels and thereby, put more middle-of-the-road shows.
The ability to filter results (on the basis of relevance, length, date of upload or even HD- availability) makes Youtube a matchless competitor. It’s an open platform, where anyone can contribute and express themselves. After all it’s YOU-tube!
On one hand, where all of this sounds amazing and you can’t help but agree, this has also started a chaos, a constructive chaos. This giant rolling boulder of creativity has got countless must watch Youtube channels, where an individual or a group of people put up interesting stuff to entertain or educate viewers. And newer channels are opening and adding to this already never-ending sea of data archive.
Social networking in Youtube
The greatest benefit of Youtube or any other online video portal is, letting you integrate such cool videos with your social networking life. Your friend watched a funny clip on some site, shared it on Facebook and you end up having a laugh watching the same and sharing it with everyone else in turn. Content discovery, delivery and its integration with social media has never been this strategically easy!
Why we still need TV
Though part of me still misses TV, that golden era of flipping channels with the remote all day, dismissing anything slightly uninteresting and just ending up watching an old Seinfeld episode you’ve already seen 10 times, surfing channels when you stumble upon a childhood favorite movie and remembering those lovely memories – that element of surprise in TV viewing can never be replaced.
Because awesome as it is, Youtube is based on the demand and supply principle. You want to watch something you enter it in the search and watch it. Ergo, the need of the hour for television is to integrate a facility where the user does not have to flip amongst hundreds of needless channels in languages they don’t understand and to make available only the needful. And in all frankness, who wants to pay for the channels that they watch?
What my next TV should look like?
We need a new breath of technology in the TV field to relieve the complexity and make it an easier experience. We need an integrated pattern recognition system where like web browsers, our TV also senses a pattern and caters to us based on our preferences and the frequency of viewed data.
We also need to go wireless and decrease all the hassles about cords and cables. We need voice recognition systems that will be the next step and eliminate remote control allowing me to talk to my television, giving commands just like in those sci-fi movies. This year at CES, we witnessed many such advances, like a curve TV Screen resolving the corner blurriness issue. But the real need of the hour is the collaboration of “Smart TV” with the satellite receiver box. Intel is working on it, Eric Hugglers, general Manager of Intel Media told TheVerge
“We’re working with the entire industry to figure out how to get proper television.”
At CES, we beheld the rise of many 4K TVs, but is that what we really need right now? Do we retain the requisite infrastructure? It’s cool as such, but many countries haven’t paced up with such affordable internet; and how are you planning to acquire the content for it when the half world is still scaling their internet speed in kBps?
So, the final word is that the television and especially DTH networks, needs to up their game if they want to stand up to the barrage of technology that is offered by their online counterparts. Though there are quite a few new Smart TVs out there that have internet access enabled in them, but still an absolute processing system is needed.