I’m sure the more youthful visitors perusing this post will not believe this by any means, but there is a period, not too far in the past, where the only content you could watch on TV was anything happened to be on at the time. It was a period before the VCR, before DVD, before iPlayer…A veritable land before time.
Rather than today’s reference rag, got more from habit than necessity after which callously crumpled under the coffee table, the Television Guide was one time a holy document, a scripture being savoured and pondered upon for an entire 7 days, ahead of small sections and images were cropped, with fantastic care and focus, and pasted into scrapbooks so that whole family could re-live their favourite episodes of ‘The Avengers’ that might not again be transmit for decades.
When VHS came down, viewers finally had the option to regulate their content. In fact, this Promethean innovation permitted us to record Television shows, in case we’d go out. We might even purchase our favorite shows and replay them to our heart’s content, although you were limited to the number of series you could buy, because the pesky things were large enough to develop 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 six months before anybody noticed that the new master suite was made out of old copies of ‘Under Siege’).
When DVD arrived, followed by downloadable content, it saved space and it made the guy in the commercials go “whoa!” like Keanu Reeves receiving an Eskimo roll right up the you-know-what. The situation was that TV still catered exclusively to its own timetable, as opposed to yours.
The BBC iPlayer and its ilk tainted even that. Does watching ‘Mock The Week’ conflict along with your sophisticated catering class? Well, now you are able to watch it on what night of the week you prefer, which is lovely because, in the case of the specific programme, watching older DVDs can make you flinch at once hilarious Jade Goody or Amy Winehouse gags which are now…not so novel.
On-Demand programmes also consists of content streamed over the World wide web, something your Smart TV will now get a lot better than your PC will. This includes Net-only TV shows as well as Independent, user-generated programmes such as you can find on Youtube, Dailymotion or Vimeo (all of which have downloadable Smart TV applications). Using apps provided by businesses like Amazon or Netflix, that were originally designed specifically for the World wide web, you’ll be able to even rent modern movies directly to the TV watching them anytime you like and never having to worry about getting up early to drop the box back to Blockbusters on your route to work.
On Demand programmes essentially implies that if it’s out there, the odds are you are able to look at it. Smart TV means you can watch what you want; however you need, whenever you want. That’s correct, you call the shots. Now, whenever you ask out the girl in the chippie and she says “I can’t that night cos Emmerdale’s on” you will not have to creep home disappointed. Instead, you will basically propose she catches up with it at a different time.
Smart TV basically remakes you, the viewer, into the control of your amusement destiny. You will 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. Personally, I would sooner track down and re-watch ‘Demolition Man’.