How we Stream

No matter the medium, a cable box, a satellite dish, or now a computer with an HDMI cord. How and what we stream has been changing and evolving, but so has the televisions we use to do all our streaming on. Growing up I remember tube TV’s, these box boxes that if they came with a VCR were the coolest thing ever!

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As we progress through the years it then became all about Flat Screen TV’s and 1080p. Flat screens became all the rage and everyone was desperate for the upgrade.

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Then something funny happened. The latest innovation in television became the 3D TV.

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This was the point went the market decided, “No we don’t want that, this is not the future please try again.” The 3D TV fad never did catch on maybe it was because it required glasses? Shortly after the 3D TV demise we saw the rise of the Smart TV.

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In recent years the market has proven it wants smart TV’s and so how does the market continue to disrupt? Flexible glass of course!

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Pretty soon you will have a smart TV that can be completely transparent and flexible to the point where you can roll it up.

 

Televisions, like mobile phones and computers, are constantly changing and evolving. In the last 15 years we have bared witness to the transformation of televisions from being a box in our homes to something that weighs 1/5th of the weight that we mount to our walls and has internet capability. This proves how much power, we the market, have in terms of dictating what disruptive products survive or die. With the example of the 3D television, the market didn’t want it and therefore it is no longer here today but we the market do want flexible screens and so that can stay for the next iteration of televisions.  Using the evolution of the television as an example one could then propose the question.

Do we the market control the pace of disruption or is disruption an independent variable unconstrained by mass adoption and acceptance?

 

 

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17 Responses to How we Stream

  1. Tamem Jalallar November 23, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

    I love the innovation of our generation. Where the technology from yesterday becomes obsolete today, only for it to be obsolete tomorrow. It’s more so the drive of many people where we can constantly evolve and progress to make our lives and others’ lives easier. However certain innovations seem to be unnecessary, like for example the transparent OLED screens from LG, why would anyone need that. I couldn’t imagine anyone giving a valid reason for owning such equipment.

  2. Daniel Kelly November 24, 2015 at 1:44 am #

    While I see the point of a smart television, in fact I very much enjoy one in the comfort of my own home though I use my Blu-ray system as a modified version on the same basic principal, why do we have a flexible television. In my experience, when given a flexible toy I tend to stretched and play until that toy is broken and destroyed. The only reason I can imagine a rolled up and more durable television screen being useful is if we decide to use our televisions in interesting architectural designs or places where technology was once taboo. For instance, perhaps small flat screen televisions for our bathrooms or smaller screens in small, unobtrusive locations around the house. It would be very futuristic to use them as inventory devices on our cabinets though that would get into far more interesting questions of obtrusiveness. And so I think they should market these “bendable” televisions as utilitarian and revolutionary for purposes other than watching housewives every week. In fact, it would most likely ruin television quality material because changing aspect ratios gets into issues of creator’s intent and I really do not want content being made for screens that must be bent in curves. Though that gives me the idea for an art installation, home use would seem pointless for such things and idiotic for average television owners to use. Even though versatile or wearable screens seems the more likely use of this innovation. As for the smart televisions, I have been an advocate for integrated technology before and see this as no different though I doubt that television providers will create the perfect integration in the coming years.
    They should focus more on enabling viewers to make choices for themselves when it comes to viewing, beyond Networks opening their channels to viewers, the technology providers should enable viewers to make choices through app based interfaces. Consider the Microsoft tile system, integrated now with Xbox One and Windows 10, would it not be better if such a unified system were brought to mainstream televisions. To make the television a semi computer itself capable of connecting to different platforms in the house and allowing for a more complete user experience. To do something like this, of course, the other technology companies would have to work on cross OS integrated services where the apps on your IPad, for example, could affect your windows television. They would never agree to this but the power of a single television maker could effect this by working with both and allowing windows apps to work with the television and IPad as well, the pipe dreams of someone interested in consumer happiness. Imagine a mod-able television where the features you want can be programed or changed with physical hardware instead of serving as almost antiquated set models. People would really enjoy the power of consumer choice and a completely mod able television, where you can upgrade visual tech as it comes out or focus on internet connectivity, hub space for new devices or charging ports if you like with texts appearing on the screen or not at the click of a button. All of this is possible with what exists today, nerds modify their computers all the time and the mindset of consumers lacking talent or skill when it comes to changing things really must go. I would much rather have choice when it comes to owning a television because the piece of technology that simply rolls out of a box does not interest me one bit.

  3. Ryan Skolnick November 27, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    Mike Gavela’s piece on the evolution of television personally only tells a small portion of the story. Rather than go through the full birth of television, Mike chooses to skip ahead to the way color televisions have progressed in the past two decades. I remember my family’s first television— it was a tube TV but much larger. It was very bulky— nothing was flat about this television. While it was in color, the quality was honestly horrible. We had this television set for a while, but eventually upgraded it to a flat screen TV. Someone else I know has never had cable in her life. Previously, the did not have a television and more recently she has only used smart TVs— but no cable connection. This was always interesting to me: I grew up watching television where she never did. Her family does indeed stream shows from their Apple TV— finally providing them with some semblance of television, but not the same as I was used to growing up. Streaming shows from Apple TV is actually the path my family chose to take. We used to have a TiVo to record shows, but it would continuously break— ironically whenever a new TiVo was being released. Eventually we got fed up with this and switched over to Roku (before the Apple TV was out) and we quickly found that a mix between the two was best for us. The Apple TV completely disrupted the technology though— it brought with it a much easier way to stream everything from your music to your movies and even television shows. After this, we quickly threw out the old TiVo system and went solo with the Apple TV. More and more innovations came with the newest Apple TV— now there is a system wide search for shows via Siri. This was a feature that my family had been looking for for the past few years and finally it was available. It truly makes life so much easier. Personally, I feel as though the innovations in streaming services is where the disruption of the television industry will go— not the physical televisions we watch shows on. I have talked to many people who say that the curved television will be as big of a failure as 3D TVs. No one sees a need for a curved television— and I do not blame them. I personally see no need for a curved television. What would be cool, however, is to have an entire wall in your house be a TV like in the movies. This was, if you want to fall asleep at the beach, switch the TV to the ocean. If you want to fall asleep in the rainforest— same deal. Personally, this is where the future of television could be headed: screens the size of a wall. If we could make the technology cheaper, everyone could have their own personal movie theater where you are the premier for new movies. Now, instead of simply disrupting the television industry, that would be disrupting the movie industry as well. No longer would we need to go to a physical location to watch new movies— we would get the DVDs straight from Hollywood. I have a couple of friends in film design who personally believe that this will be the near future: homes being the only place to watch a new movie. You either get the system or don’t watch the movie at all. If it is cheap enough, I can see this to be feasible. And awesome.

  4. Rushil Gandhi November 27, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    Mike Gavela does a great job of summarizing the checkered history of television in concise manner in his post. The television as a physical object has gone a countless number of transformations in the past 60 years. The biggest and last change that I feel has caught on the most is the transformation from the tube driven box television sets to the sleek and lightweight slim televisions we have today. With these slim televisions being around for a few years companies are now trying to find the “next big thing” of television. We can see this in the new curved televisions and the 4K sets with Smart capabilities available on the market. Personally, I feel that a curved television is pointless and will suffer the same fate as the 3D television did a few years back. I obtain this opinion after experiencing a curved television for an extended of time. While watching content on a curved TV, the whole experience felt disorientating and quite unenjoyable. On the other hand, the use of a UHD or 4K TV set felt much better as the detail in every moving picture seemed to be put on overdrive. However, the use of 4K TVs today is limited as there is not much original 4K content out in the market place. Nevertheless, I feel that once more 4K content is out in the market 4K televisions will become the norm. Despite this, I believe that the implementation of every mobile apps into our televisions has been a masterstroke. Having a television with a processor that can run apps like Netflix and other streaming services is just convenient and quite awesome. It removes the hassle of using Netflix on your pc and then having to connect that to the TV. Consequently, I feel that the Smart TV will be with us for many more years. This cannot be said of the flexible televisions that Gavela mentions in his post. I just don’t think these will catch on. Looking at it from the point of user friendliness and ergonomics these flexible TVs just will not be as sturdy and stable to create content for as the LCD and LED panels we have today. Changing aspect ratios, number of active pixels, color accuracy are just a few of the biggest problems faced by the so called “bendable” televisions being unveiled by companies. There is one last type of television I want to talk about. That is the OLED television. I feel that 4K OLED Smart televisions are the way to go for the future. OLED televisions put out true to life color accuracy for content that on other television may look artificial. OLED TVs turn your television into a window that is facing the content you are watching, that is how good the picture quality is. This coupled with their legendary energy efficiency means that they will be the future of television.

  5. Anthony Hector November 27, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    This article really brings up memories when I was younger in my home with a box tv with a dvr. I remember these televisions and it is crazy to think that those types of T.V.’s use to be popular. Just like every other piece of technology, the television is constantly evolving and advancing to make viewing television just a better experience for the viewer. With the release of the original flat screen T.V.’s the general thinking at the time was that people want bigger screens because the picture would be better.

    That is the thinking of today as well with people getting 50, 60, 70” inch televisions. The difference from the original flat screen and the televisions of today are that the picture is so much clearer in the modern televisions. The downfall of the box televisions is that they did not look attractive in a living room. That is part of the reason there is the curve televisions now because they look very elegant any place you put them in your home. The evolution of the television is something that has happened with phones and computers. They are constantly advancing to make their respective functions more efficient. Making the picture of the television is something that has constantly evolved through the generations of the televisions. Now in the modern televisions the picture is clear as I can imagine. In my personal experience I have basically had most of the different generations of T.V.’s and I remember having a big screen television, but the problem was that the back of the television was massive. It also had a dvr, but it taking up so much space behind it was a big problem. Then throughout the years after the television started to get flatter.

    The interesting thing about the smart T.V.’s is the capability to browse the internet as well as screen shows. This is probably the most efficient television out there because of all the features it holds. A television with this many features also can lead to people being lazy while using this television because people already spend a large majority of their day on the internet. If you combing both the internet and a television then it will create complete laziness. The reasoning behind companies making this television is due to the fact that many people rather be on their computer then watching television. Mostly due to the computer having the ability to also screen shows. Television companies obviously do not want their products to decline due to the internet so if you cannot beat them, then join them. This is seen in the creation of apple television and others like it. These products basically just allow people to use feature from the internet to be screened on their television.

  6. Anthony Hector November 27, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    This article really brings up memories when I was younger in my home with a box tv with a dvr. I remember these televisions and it is crazy to think that those types of T.V.’s use to be popular. Just like every other piece of technology, the television is constantly evolving and advancing to make viewing television just a better experience for the viewer. With the release of the original flat screen T.V.’s the general thinking at the time was that people want bigger screens because the picture would be better. That is the thinking of today as well with people getting 50, 60, 70” inch televisions. The difference from the original flat screen and the televisions of today are that the picture is so much clearer in the modern televisions.

    The downfall of the box televisions is that they did not look attractive in a living room. That is part of the reason there is the curve televisions now because they look very elegant any place you put them in your home. The evolution of the television is something that has happened with phones and computers. They are constantly advancing to make their respective functions more efficient. Making the picture of the television is something that has constantly evolved through the generations of the televisions. Now in the modern televisions the picture is clear as I can imagine. In my personal experience I have basically had most of the different generations of T.V.’s and I remember having a big screen television, but the problem was that the back of the television was massive. It also had a dvr, but it taking up so much space behind it was a big problem. Then throughout the years after the television started to get flatter.

    The interesting thing about the smart T.V.’s is the capability to browse the internet as well as screen shows. This is probably the most efficient television out there because of all the features it holds. A television with this many features also can lead to people being lazy while using this television because people already spend a large majority of their day on the internet. If you combing both the internet and a television then it will create complete laziness. The reasoning behind companies making this television is due to the fact that many people rather be on their computer then watching television. Mostly due to the computer having the ability to also screen shows. Television companies obviously do not want their products to decline due to the internet so if you cannot beat them, then join them. This is seen in the creation of apple television and others like it. These products basically just allow people to use feature from the internet to be screened on their television.

  7. eric novembre November 27, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

    “This article brought back the times of just having a simple VCR and cable, it reminded me at the time that, that was the top the next best thing of technology. Now that technology is extinct and kids born today have not even heard of it. “No matter the medium, a cable box, a satellite dish, or now a computer with an HDMI cord. How and what we stream has been changing and evolving, but so has the televisions we use to do all our streaming on. Growing up I remember tube TV’s, these box boxes that if they came with a VCR were the coolest thing ever!” That is the thinking of today as well with people getting 50, 60, 70″ inch televisions. The difference from the original flat screen and the televisions of today are that the picture is so much clearer in the modern televisions. The loss of wealth, power, reputation/something that ruins something of the box televisions is that they did not look attractive in a living room. That is part of the reason there is the curve televisions now because they look very rich and beautiful any place you put them in your home. The change for the better, over time of the television is something that has happened with phones and computers. They are constantly advancing to make their pertaining to each person or thing functions more efficient. Making the picture of the television is something that has constantly changed and got better through the generations of the televisions. Now in the modern televisions the picture is clear as I can imagine. In my personal experience I have basically had most of the different generations of T.V.’s and I remember having a big screen television, but the problem was that the back of the television was huge. It also had a DVR, but it taking up so much space behind it was a big problem. Then throughout the years after the television started to get flatter. The great thing about the smart T.V.’s is the ability to look at web sites on the internet as well as screen shows. This is probably the most efficient television out there because of all the features it holds. A television with this many features also can lead to people being lazy while using this television because people already spend a large majority of their day on the internet. If you combing both the internet and a television then it will create laziness. The thinking behind companies making this television is because many people rather be on their computer then watching television. Mostly due to the computer having the ability to also screen shows. Television companies do not want their products to lower in number/get worse due to the internet so if you cannot beat them, then join them. This is seen in the creation of apple television and others like it. These products basically just allow people to use feature from the internet to be screened on their television.”
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  8. Joseph Belli November 27, 2015 at 6:09 pm #

    I consider everyone of my generation to be a part of the technology generation. Since birth, my peers and I have witnessed first hand some of the greatest innovations in technology ever. One of the more noticeable changes has been in television, as focused on by Mike Gavela. My earliest recollection of using a tube television was at my grandparents’ house. I was probably about 3 or 4 years old and I was playing the earliest version of Nintendo, Duck Hunter was the game if I am not mistaken. At the time, it was the most interesting and fun time I could possibly have. Fast forward about 5 years and I now have a TV of my own: it is a little slimmer but still has a bulky back to with a slightly clearer picture. At the time, I did not truly appreciate the slight improvement in technology since it was hardly noticeable. A few years into the future and I open up my first actual flat screen television on Christmas morning. This time around, I am forever grateful for what seems to be the best television ever. But as time improves, so does technology. Sure enough a few months later, the 3D television came out, as mentioned in the blog post, and I immediately felt outdated. I feel that is the true issue in technology, the feeling of being outdated so quickly. The main areas I tend to see this is most in are televisions and cell phones. As mentioned in the post, televisions are constantly advancing with more and more improvements. Right now, the introduction of 4k quality is beginning to make its way into the market. In my eyes, this will be more successful than 3D television because it is way more of an improvement to the technology than a distraction. Where 3D technology went wrong is it was introduced way too early. Whoever brought upon the idea should have waited until technology was advanced enough to not require the glasses to make the image seem three dimensional. 4k quality is a very drastic improvement to the quality of the image, presenting more distinct colors and a very sharp image without the use of glasses, making it a more appealing quality to invest in.

    As far as cellphones go, it is almost impossible to keep up with the constant new releases of iPhones since a new model is released almost every 6 or so months. The worst part about it is that you do not even need the new model since the improvements are so insignificant which then just makes you feel outdated since it is only another level or a higher number that distinguishes you from people who have the newest device.

  9. Ryan Jolluck November 27, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    There are many innovations in entertainment and technology. Companies have pushed for different products like 3-D television and Curved TV. Though with those products interest and demand fell. The developing flexible smart TVs can follow the course of the previous two. But is really depends on the practicality and costs of the product. One of the best things I have noticed smart televisions do is integration with other products and technologies. Having access to applications like Netflix and to a web browser is great. I am particularly interested in what LG has to offer with their new product. According to LG their flexible screen is an “organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays are not only flexible enough to curve around the walls and corners of your home or office, they’re virtually impossible to break, and are thinner and lighter than any LCD screen currently on the market. You just need to attach a thin, magnetic base to your wall, and the ‘wallpaper’ screen can be placed on and peeled off at your leisure”. LG has been able to do this because of “OLED technology – because the display produces its own light, no backlight is required to bulk up the design. The screen also offers a brighter, clearer picture than current LCD screens, with a high-definition resolution of 1,200 x 810. “The new transparent OLED panel is said to have a 30 percent transmittance, or clarity, which is far more than the usual 10 percent transmittance of existing transparent LCD panels, according to LG”. And by 2017, LG will have developed “an Ultra HD flexible and transparent OLED panel of more than 60 inches, which will have transmittance of more than 40 percent and a curvature radius of 100R, thereby leading the future display market”. I think this technology is pretty interesting and would have practical applications. The ease of carrying it around would be quite useful.

  10. Aaron Varghese November 27, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

    This post regarding the evolution of the TV was quite interesting to read, since the TV is probably the most frequently used piece of technology next to the smart phone. However, when I was younger, the TV was definitely the most central piece of technology in my household. We did not even own cable till I entered high school but the TV was the key to watching video cassettes and DVDs. My family was never very technology savvy when I was growing up because they felt there was too much inappropriate content for their young children. I know, it sounds weird but I am definitely thankful for their active desire to make sure that I was protected during the critical stages of my life. Now, my family is technology-centered since present-day society requires it. Even though the internet and cable were not permitted modes of technology in my household when i was young, the biggest pieces of technology I used when I was between the ages of 2-6 was the VCR. The VCR when I was little is like the smart phone is for me now. I could remember watching my favorite movies on video cassettes over and over again. Some movies I even memorized the entire script to when I was only 3 years old. When I was about 7, the DVD player started taking presence over the beloved VCR and soon, became the most used piece of technology at our household. And by the time I was in my freshman year of high school, cable was introduced to our family, and that has now been the favored piece of technology for the household (since the smart phone benefits the individual, not the household). However, throughout all of these changes between the VCR and the DVD and cable, the TV was always involved. Just like the methods of watching television evolved as I got older, the TV’s themselves evolved as well. For the longest time, our family owned the big box televisions that might have had the VCR attached to the television. It was only until a few years ago that we had a smart TV installed into our household. Words cannot begin to describe the changes between these two pieces of technology. From having internet capabilities to having far better quality, the Smart TV is a major revolution in the television industry. Reading this post was truly eye-opening towards the new forms of television that will exist soon. The whole idea of curved screens seem interesting but I do not have high expectations that they will become a new big trend. And as far as flexible and transparent screens go, they are completely ridiculous ideas. I can’t imagine anyone who would want a roll up TV. There’s already portable televisions so that excuse won’t work. However, the ideas of flexibility, portability, and transparency, will all be present in a future revolutionary method of television technology: holograms. Holograms are possible and will start to become involved in society before we know it. I think the safest guess regarding television’s future will be found in the eventual hologram, not a roll-up TV. But, only time can tell for sure.

  11. Carlee A November 29, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    Until reading this article, though I have thought about how far we have come in technology over the 20 years I have been alive, I never realized how much innovation there has really been and in such a short amount of time. I remember like it was yesterday the TV with the VCR I had when I was little and how that was one of my favorite things to do next to listening to my CD’s in my boombox which was so large I could not move it on my own. Its amazing to look back on how I grew up with these items, and how by the age of 12 I had replaced that boombox with a portable iPod and that TV with a larger one that played DVD’s instead of video tapes.

    I do not know, however, why it is necessary to have flexible TV’s. A TV is meant to be put in one place and stay in that one place. If we wanted to watch something on the go, we have our smartphones, iPods, and computers that can be taken and moved anywhere we need them to be. Because people have been more accustomed to streaming the internet, the smart TV has been a great innovation. The only way I would think that a flexible tv would be convenient would be to shape it differently depending on the movie or show you were watching to give you the best and clearest view, otherwise, I do not see a need for something like that in my own personal home.

  12. Lori Slevin December 1, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

    It amazes me how far technology has come today. Over the past 20 years of my life I have experienced and witnessed the evolution of televisions. It amazes me the changes of technology that have occurred over the years. From a big box screen to now flexible television screens. It almost seems nearly impossible to have a transparent television because where is the wiring. Technology is amazing and all of the things that they can do with technology.

    I personally believe that society does control the pace of disruptions. I believe that people are finding new ways to use this technology and applying it to all different devices. All different devices are changing and evolving to better things, and being based on how society reacts to these products. For example, IPhones, people wanted bigger phone screens so apple made their products to adapt to bigger phone screens. I think that society has an impact because these are the consumers and the people making the purchases based upon how easily accessible the product is.

  13. Manpreet Swaitch December 2, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    Each and everyday technology is changing and expanding to the benefits of its consumers. I remember having to carry such a heavy television when I was younger. However, today there is not a type of television out there that you haven’t thought of. There are T.V’s that are curved, flat screen and etc. I remember when I used to use and HDMI cable to watch a show from Netflix on to the T.V., well you don’t have to do that anymore because we have Smart T.V.’s they have all the features available that we would on our phones! In today’s date you can have a home theater that has the effect of a cinema in the comfort of your home. I sometimes sit and laugh how so many things have changed over the years. I wonder what things will be like 20 years from now, when my niece is all grown up. When I’ll be the age of my parents and I tell my niece what television was like when I grew up, she’s going to say, “you watched T.V. in a box!” There are so many different options today that it sometimes makes it hard for someone to choose what is good and what is worth the money.

  14. Nick M. December 2, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

    This generation seemingly fears complacency, or technology company’s marketing departments are geniuses. Because a curved television or a 3-D television doesn’t appeal to me, but still people line up to buy these innovations year after year (well, maybe not the 3-D televisions). “Smart TV’s” sell by the hundreds of thousands, as do Apple TV’s, cable packages like Xfinity and Fios, Google’s “Chromecast,” and Amazon’s Fire while they are literally capable of the same features. So do individuals today appreciate the new ventures these companies create and want to test it out themselves or do they just fall victim to effective advertisements and want to keep up with what’s in style and what is up-to-date?
    Personally, I purchase these technologies when the thing it is replacing has broken or is made obsolete. If my television airs the Philadelphia Eagles in high definition, there is no need for a 3-D, curved, or “smart” television. I am clearly an outlier, as so many other consumers play right into the hands of these companies making intricate improvements year after year on a piece of technology perfected a decade ago, in my opinion. One has to wonder what will happen when these companies run out of things to improve upon and consumers are stuck with the same television for more than 3 years. Will the complacency cause modern day consumers to go ballistic, or will these individuals become smarter with their money?

  15. Will Nguyen December 2, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

    Technology is always changing from self driving cars to flexible TV screens. But what is the point in these fold able and transparent TV screens? I am pretty sure a TV is so enjoy by just sitting back and relaxing. But Transparent screen? I literally cannot think of a reason to have one. A curved screen could make sense if you’re into 3D/ Real life picture appeal. But for me a regular HD LED flat screen would work forever. Now these LG flexible screens are next level pointless. I guess the only benefit is for transporting it but that is about it. Technology in this case has changed for the worse, but that is just my opinion. Inventors should put their gifted minds towards other products that need revolutionizing than TV.

  16. Themba Lungu December 4, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

    It is astonishing to think how far technology has come in the entertainment field in regards to television. Not how we stream but what we stream on. This article was a blast from the past as I remember my small tube TV with a built in DVR that had horrible resolution. Mike Gavela illustrates the progression of televisions starting from the colored television set. Televisions were big and bulky with low resolution. At the time I remember watching TV like this with no complaints but as I have gotten older and technology has advanced, I can now only watch shows with at least a 720 resolution. This might sound spoil of me but watching older videos with low resolution shows me how terrible it used to be. Back in the day I didn’t mind but I guess technology has spoiled us.
    Mike explains that as time goes on television sets became flatter with higher resolutions. I always wanted a flat screen to hang on the wall in my room. My first flat screen was a Sony with a 720 resolution that I hung on the wall of my room. It was primarily for video games and movies. Now TVs are getting smarter. Allowing for apps and 3D capabilities. Just like phones and computers have evolved over the years to provide more capabilities than originally planned so have televisions. Along with the capabilities, resolution continues to improve.
    The lines between phones, computers, and TVs are continuously blurring. Phones are now mini computers you can carry in your pocket that allows for streaming shows and communicating with others. Computers can access the internet, stream, and, through skype and instant messaging, can allow for communications. TVs are now becoming smarter, able to access social media, stream, communicate, etc. The possibilities are endless and Mike hints at a TV with a flexible screen that you can fold up and carry with you. The past 15 years have been really innovative for TVs and there is no telling where the industry will be in another 15 years.

  17. Allison Yashay December 9, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

    The first thing that struck me about this article were the progression of television pictures. My family had a television very much like the first one for the longest time in our kitchen. It just shows that within my short life of 20 years, technology has already grown extensively. The fact that there are “smart” televisions that can surf the web, and connect to Pandora, and Netflix is amazing. But with new technology, streaming has had to develop as well. For the longest time, VCRs were the way families watched television. My family still has one! But as time went on, we had to get the latest technology, not because we wanted it, but because we had it. DVDs replaced VCRs, Flat screens replaced the big bulky televisions. The latest invention is 3D television. I think this is a bit much. The TVs are rather on the steep side, and I don’t see them to be very practical. Maybe some movies would be cool to see in 3D at home, but for the most part I find it to be a waste of money.
    Televisions have become thinner, but more “smart.” With smart technology televisions stream much more. It’s amazing that inventors have created flexible televisions. This can totally transform home theaters, and family living rooms. Televisions now weighs “1/5th of the weight that we mount to our walls and has internet capability.” This proves how much power, we the market, have in terms of dictating what disruptive products survive or die. With the example of the 3D television, the market didn’t “want it and therefore it is no longer here today but we the market do want flexible screens and so that can stay for the next iteration of televisions.”
    I can only imagine what the future will bring when it comes to technology. New items will replace old items, just how DVDs replaced VCRs. Its scary to think at how advanced the world is becoming.

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