Switching channels: The future of television is online

Switching channels: The future of television is onlineThe great revolution in television is already here, but that’s not to say that you can access it. Developments in the field of internet-based television services have been gestating for years with high profile triumphs like the BBC’s iPlayer leading the way in television content distribution via the internet airwaves.

But the demands are often greater than what current technology can provide, pushing internet service providers, television networks and TV builders further than ever before. Google and Apple have their own TV services, while on demand streaming providers such as Netflix are cornering their own parts of the market too. Television is becoming social and watchers want internet at a Twitter level of speed.

In theory, the future of television will be cheaper. Cable networks and physical lines are expensive to install and maintain while also not guaranteeing a huge amount of years of service before they’ll need upgrading.

Some televisions themselves are internet equipped but for many users, a dongle or dedicated internet box will do the trick while others will be happy enough with the preloaded features available on games consoles and some Blu-ray players.

The internet, particularly via truly wireless internet service providers, is far more scalable, dynamic and capable of delivering the high upload and download speeds required to fuel bandwidth-gobbling high definition content.

The future of television is a community of viewers who want it ‘right now’ and that means online, instead of waiting for programmes to appear on a schedule. Your connection is waiting for you.

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