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The Changing Face of Television

Updated on October 26, 2023
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The Many Faces of TV

Television viewing has gone through a grand transformation since its creation during the early twentieth century. The development of the digital age has turned television viewing into a positive tailspin. Today, people expect a lot more than a passive TV experience. They want On Demand TV and an Internet Web TV!

The first television set came into the public eye in 1925 by a Scottish inventor named John Logie Baird. By 1927, Mister Baird could transmit a television signal over 438 miles between New York and London. A television set instantly became a hot commodity soon after black-and-white television viewing transformed into the capability of a color TV.

TV Is an Exciting Time in America.

The creation of the new television set was an exciting time in America. Society has gained an entirely new way to communicate, besides the printed press of books and newspapers. With moving images and sound, the entertainment industry grew exponentially. As time passed, people expected more from their television sets. TV viewing became a passive pastime that brought people of diverse cultures together, where anyone with a bit of talent was allowed to express themselves.

Lucy Ball was one of the first actresses to step into the reality of bringing an intelligent and attractive screen of classic entertainment into the public eye on TV, and then it was the Honeymooners show with Ralph Kramden.

TV viewing intrigued many and at times opened the eyes of all to what is going on in the world and how nature cares for itself. The world, in essence, became a much smaller place.

For 50 Years Only Analog TV Was Available.

It has not even been over a hundred years since the development of the first television set. In the past ten years or so the digital age has been taking the world by storm. Before this time, a television set had excessive boob tubes, which made a TV cumbersome. For over fifty years, only analog TV was available.

This is when a TV could only work with rabbit-ear antennas, and it would take over five minutes to warm up before a slide would appear. In the past ten years, the face of TV viewing has changed dramatically since the development of the superconductor. By that time the use of computers had skyrocketed and so did the term lazy person.

Today's TV!

Today, TV viewing is no longer a passive experience. People expect a lot more from their television set than simple passing images. The coming of the digital age has turned basic television into an action-oriented experience. You can now play video games, order pizza, and watch the latest movies and program specialty shows. You can use your TV set as a home security system, and maintain a video chat with your buddies through an installed camera, etc.

The TV now has a flat screen and is capable of being hung on a wall like a picture frame. You can access the Internet while watching TV and do almost anything through the capability of a Web TV, accessing your bank accounts, sending text messages to anyone in the world, reading your email, and video conferencing.

Besides watching TV at home, now you can watch TV on your smartphone, iPad or Kindle or smartwatch. You can provide the passengers in your moving car with an option to turn on a TV channel by plugging these devices into the USB port of your vehicle. Isn't this neat?

Commercial Markets are Getting Their Money's Worth

During the first fifty years of television, marketing companies capitalized on the vulnerability of their TV viewers by bombarding people with an endless plethora of commercials, promising to sell people items they didn't need. Now, with the versatility of TV, commercial television is losing its grip. People are demanding so much for their TV sets and are unhappy and tired of being taken advantage of by marketing monopolies. The marketers eloquently mislead the public into thinking they need to have things they certainly do not want or need. This causes people to spend money needlessly.

Don't be surprised when the day comes, and you’re no longer subject to viewing mindless TV commercials. TV viewing will then be in the raw; when it comes to no-frills TV, filling the empty gaps, you’ll no longer be bombarded with an endless plethora of commercials.

With TV becoming a personalized experience and indeed action-oriented, this makes viewing television a lot more enjoyable. Long gone are the days when you just sit around for a countless number of hours watching whatever is put out by the networks.

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