I am sure the more youthful visitors perusing this article won’t believe this at all, but there was a time, not too far in the past, where really the only content you could watch on Television was anything happened to be on at the time. It is a period before the VCR, before DVD, before iPlayer…A absolute land before time.
Instead of today’s reference rag, got more out of habit than required after which callously crumpled under the coffee table, the TV Guide was once a holy document, a scripture being savoured and pondered upon for an entire 7 days, before small sections and images were cropped, with great care and focus, and pasted into scrapbooks so that whole family could re-live their favourite series of ‘The Avengers’ that might not again be broadcast for decades.
When VHS came along, listeners finally had the option to control their content. In fact, this Promethean innovation allowed us to record Television shows, just in case we’d go out. We could even buy our favourite shows and replay them to our heart’s content, even though you’re limited to how many series you can buy, as the pesky things were large enough to build an annex from, and still have enough for a patio and a loft extension (that is just what we did along my street – It boosted the property value in the area for a good 6 months before anybody noticed the new master suite was made from old copies of ‘Under Siege’).
When DVD came along, followed by downloadable content, it saved space also it made the guy inside the commercials go “whoa!” like Keanu Reeves receiving an Eskimo roll right up the you-know-what. The challenge was that Television still catered solely to its own schedule, as opposed to yours.
The BBC iPlayer and its ilk tainted even that. Does watching ‘Mock The Week’ conflict with your advanced catering class? Well, now you are able to watch it on what night of the week you please, which is lovely because, in the case of the particular programme, watching older DVDs can make you wince at once hilarious Jade Goody or Amy Winehouse gags that are now…not so novel.
On-Demand content also consists of shows streamed on the Internet, something your Smart TV will now get a lot better than your computer will. This consists of Internet-only Television shows along with Independent, user-generated content just like you might find on Youtube, Dailymotion or Vimeo (most of which have downloadable Smart TV apps). Using apps provided by companies like Amazon or Netflix, that were initially designed purposely for the World wide web, you are able to even rent modern movies directly to the Television watching them anytime you like and in no way having to fret about getting up early to drop the box back to Blockbusters on your way to work.
On Demand shows basically implies that if it’s out there, the odds are it is possible to look at it. Smart TV means that you can watch whatever you want; however you need, whenever you want. That’s right, you call the shots. Now, whenever you ask out the girl from the chippie and she says “I can’t that night cos Emmerdale’s on” you won’t have to creep home disappointed. Instead, you will basically suggest she catches up with it at a different time.
Smart TV fundamentally remakes you, the viewer, into the master of your entertainment destiny. You can choose from exactly anything one can think of and watch it anytime you like. You can even watch your Uncle Gordon’s holiday videos…But the beauty is that it is not the only thing that’s on. In my opinion, I would rather track down and re-watch ‘Demolition Man’.
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