I’m sure the younger visitors perusing this short article won’t think this at all, but there is a time, not too far in the past, where the only content you could watch on TV was whatever happened to be on at the time. It is a time before the VCR, before DVD, before iPlayer…A absolute land before time.
Instead of today’s reference rag, bought more from habit than required and then callously crumpled under the coffee table, the TV Guide was one time a holy document, a scripture to be savoured and pondered upon for a complete week, before small sections and images were cropped, with great care and focus, and pasted into scrapbooks so that the whole family could re-live their favourite episodes of ‘The Avengers’ that might not again be transmit for decades.
When VHS came down, listeners lastly had the option to regulate their content. Actually, this Promethean innovation allowed us to record Television shows, just in case we had go out. We could even buy our favourite shows and replay them to our heart’s content, although you were limited to how many series you can purchase, as the pesky things were large enough to develop an annex out of, and still have enough for the patio plus a loft extension (which is just what we did along my street – It boosted the home 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 also it made the guy inside the commercials go “whoa!” like Keanu Reeves receiving an Eskimo roll right up the you-know-what. The situation was that Television very much catered solely to its own timetable, as opposed to yours.
The BBC iPlayer and its ilk tainted even that. Does watching ‘Mock The Week’ conflict with your sophisticated cookery class? Well, now it is possible to watch it on what night of the week you prefer, which is lovely as, in possible of that particular 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 shows streamed on the World wide web, something your Smart TV will now pick up a whole lot better than your computer will. This consists of Internet-only Television shows as well as Independent, user-generated content such as you can find on Youtube, Dailymotion or Vimeo (most of which have downloadable Smart TV apps). Using applications offered by companies like Amazon or Netflix, that were initially developed specifically for the Internet, you are able to even rent the latest movies directly to your Television watching them anytime you like and in no way having to fret about getting up early to drop the box back to Blockbusters on your route to work.
On Demand shows basically means that if it is available, the odds are it is possible to watch it. Smart TV means that you can watch whatever you wish; however you need, whenever you want. That’s correct, you call the shots. Now, whenever you ask out the girl from the chippie and she says “I can’t that night cos Emmerdale’s on” you will not have to slink home disappointed. Instead, you’ll basically suggest she catches up with it at a different occasion.
Smart TV basically remakes you, the viewer, into the control of your entertainment destiny. You will choose from exactly anything you can think of and watch it anytime you like. You could even watch your Uncle Gordon’s holiday movies…But the wonder is that it is not the only thing that’s on. Personally, I would sooner track down and re-watch ‘Demolition Man’.