How Streaming Media Changed Your TV Experience

© Pavel Losevsky - Fotolia.com

© Pavel Losevsky – Fotolia.com

Remember the day when on-demand meant having to be in front of the big old tube TV with the fluorescent screen at a specific time in order to catch your favorite TV show?

When Saturday morning cartoons were a must-watch because come Monday morning, it was one of the first conversations you and your friends had while on the cafeteria breakfast line.

And if you are a product of the 80′s like I am, sitting in front of the television set at 7PM every Sunday to watch Life Goes On was part of your civil duty as a child.

How about those after school specials?  Presenting controversial topics like bullying, substance abuse and teen pregnancy.  Often, missing your favorite shows meant either never seeing them again or watching reruns that came on months later.

Today, both the traditional TV set and how we watch TV has changed dramatically. Gone are the days of TV dials that were limited by rabbit ears, VHF and UHF channels.

Today, it is all about services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu packed into Smart TV’s, Roku boxes, Xbox consoles and its limitless offerings.  Equipped with widgets and applications, technology has radically evolved our viewing tastes as well as the devices we use to watch these shows and movies.

It is also no longer necessary to have a TV in every room in your house to allow others to watch their favorite programs.  Now with smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles our viewing habits have become more diverse and selective.

We have become time-shifters, where we record programming to be viewed at a our earliest convenience.  Having the viewing option placed squarely at our fingertips allows us to rely heavily on Internet-streaming or on-demand channels from our cable providers to view whenever and wherever we choose.

Our children in particular have acclimated rather quickly to this trend.  We now have the ability to custom tailor programs to fit the needs of our children.  As parents, we also have the power to view the options offered and cut out the excess noise and distractions.  Distractions that often come in the form of inappropriate content and commercials not suited for their particular age.

How has on-demand services changed your TV viewing experience?

This is the first post in a five-part series covering how these services  are proving beneficial to our lives. 

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