Television by Bobby Gordon

Television lets us se life in a different way. With television, we have a way to see the world from our couch. Television developed over time. It wasn’t just a single invention. A series of inventions and discoveries led to the TV that we know and love today. It all started in 1862 when Abbe Caselli invented the Pantelegraph. The Pantelegraph allowed still images to be transferred through wires. Alexander Bell’s telephone transmitted sound through wires in 1880. 1890s saw the invention of motion picture. All of these inventions led to 1928, which saw the first TV station come about. Just 9 years later, CBS was born. From there, TV just continued to grow and get better each and every day.

Television is arguable the most influential invention of the 20th century. TV has come a long way since its invention. In the 1930’s, programs on the TV were very thin. Due to the expensive price, not many people had televisions in their homes. World War II saw a rise in programs and TVs being sold. The military used the TV as a little propaganda machine to recruit soldiers. Post World War II posted a huge economic boost in America. This led to a television golden age. By 1951, over 8 million TVs have been purchased. This led to more broadcast and the start of fictional television shows. People started to switch from the newspaper to television to get the news that they desire. “In contrast to printing, which took more than 300 years to evolve, the technology used in televisions today was developed over approximately 120 years.” (eBook Chapter 10) That being said, the future of television looks incredibly bright due to the fast pace it is evolving.

During the 21st century, television has dramatically changed. Web 2.0 pushes for more of a user-controlled internet. A lot television has moved toward the internet. Most television channels now have an online websites where users can watch free episodes from shows or past news broadcast. Streaming companies such as Netflix have reach over 31 million subscribers. Online streaming companies have already hurt TV ratings. On top of that, people upload illegal content on the internet for streaming. Over 146 million people in this world access illegal content each day and almost half of that involves television. Almost everything that appears on the television is available on the internet. New applications like Aereo, AppleTV, or Roku allow users to pay a small-monthly fee and they get hundreds of channels on their computer. With the internet rising, the future of TV may be falling. However, Smart TVs is new technology that is blending the internet with TV. Paid applications can now be accessed on your HD TV. Going into the future, cable television may be in danger. With on-demand, Web 2.0 and paid streaming applications, people can watch whatever they want whenever they want. I see the future of television combining with the internet to produce an all-around better watching experience. 10 or 15 years from now, television could very well be ruled by the internet. And as I see it, that may not be such a terrible reality.

Decline in cable
Graph of number of people who pay for cable and predictions for the future


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