This is a question to all of us. Is television really are going to be endangered real soon? I know the market are still selling a lot of television, different brands, different feature, and different range of prices. I know that maybe all of you have television in your home. But, let me ask you, do you really watch it for more than 5 hours a day? I doubt that, except for the old generation and little kids. Even kids these days might not watch television as often as I watched it when I was younger 10-15 years ago.
This is the era of internet. Television itself, have grown in so many factors to make people still interested in them. But the price is decreasing each year, even though the features are getting much more hi-tech. There is a feature in TV nowadays that makes TV also get along in this internet era, it’s called smart TV or hybrid TV that could connect to internet so it gives you the ability to surfing the internet on your TV. The size itself also getting bigger and bigger to make people more comfortable watching it. The picture’s quality also getting so much better, before the 3D TV was so popular and now the 4K TV are the diva right now. Most of the 3D and 4K TV are expensive and not anyone wanted that feature so only a few who would really bought it.
TV still got their audiences and there are still people who buy TV but the thing is, it’s just decreasing every year. In my country, Indonesia, those who still watch TV are from the lower class of society, because of economic conditions, and other digital’s entertainment are mostly expensive, so TV is their only entertainment. This also applies to those who lives in the inland.
Another audiences of TV is the old generation, for some of them internet is quite hard to learn how to use it, so TV is probably the easiest entertainment for them, just click the remote control and you could change the channel. My grandfather and grandmother still watch TV whenever they are home. Also children, they watch cartoon a lot. But nowadays, they even more into smartphone than TV.
For those who is a teenager to middle aged people, maybe they have no time to watch TV. Teenagers these days are so keen to the internet. I bet they only watch TV for several occasions, such as, an award show (Grammy, Teen Choice Awards, a football match, and sometimes movies). Those who works, mostly wasted their time in the office and road since traffic jams is getting crazier each days, well unless you walk though.
Move to laptop, internet
No doubt that people worship the internet now. They depend their life a lot on internet, to get a job, as their income, to do their work, or just having fun. There is also one thing that people change into the internet, that is the way people watch TV.
As TV now become less useful and people rarely use it, laptop is everywhere. People could use laptop for work, while you can’t use your TV for work, people also watch their TV from laptop. With the help of internet, those TV’s content, every show, now available online. You could do for what it is called streaming and you won’t miss a single episode. You can watch it whenever you want and wherever you could, if you watch it from the television, then you have to wait for its airing time. If you miss it, then the TV won’t wait for you. Basically, you could watch any show you want in the internet. Watching your favorite show in the internet gives you more flexibility because you are the one who choose when and where to watch it, the opposite of TV. Laptop also become more useful than TV so people choose to use laptop more than TV.
The media industry
The question is if people move over from TV to laptop and internet, then how could the media industry, the television industry are still going strong? Well, as I said before, not like there is no one in this world who watch TV, they still have their audience but it is getting smaller each year. So they still get an income from ads but not as much as it used to be and probably the ads will accustom themselves to the TV’s audience now. Most of them also move to the internet world. Now you could live streaming a TV station through your gadget, smartphone or laptop. Live streaming makes you could watch TV on the same time as the airing time, but not through a TV.
Media nowadays make their content through what their audiences wanted. If a certain type of a reality show got high ratings then they and probably other TV station would make something similar so they would still have their audience. Not gonna lie, the TV content nowadays is not really worth watching either. That’s also the reason I stop watching TV now.
Then you might ask, then if I want to move to a new home or apartment, I could not buy a TV since we barely use it? Or I could just sell my TV now as some people said that the after sales price of a TV is still pretty high. Well, actually TV also has their advantages. It is clearly the big screen. At least they are bigger than a usual laptop screen.
Sometimes I find that watching on my laptop is quite tiring because of the small screen so I need to watch it on TV. You could connect your laptop too to your TV. But to buy or not to buy it depends on whether you would really use it or not. If you still at least need it then I think it is better to buy it. But the answer is yours.