TV Isn’t Important, Most Americans Say
August 20, 2010
US (ChattahBox) – The word is changing a lot, and a great deal of that has to do with technology. One thing that is changing is the popularity of television sets, which have been struck hard by the Internet.
Everyone seems to know some kind of streaming video service, from legal services like Netflix, to sites that stream pirated material like TV Shack, or the late TV Links. Not to mention the many devices, such as the Roku streaming box, which allows you to use a WiFi connection to play movies and TV shows from online rental services onto your TV.
This is striking a blow against satellite TV and digital cable companies, which are trying hard to keep up with the demand of users who would rather watch online. Comcast has their Fancast service, and premium stations like HBO and Showtime offer special showing online for subscribers, such as the password protected released of the first episodes of shows like Dexter.
According to a survey by PEW, there was a 10% decrease since last year in people who thought that the TV was a must have for their home; now only 42% believe that.
Landlines have also taken a small hit, with only 74% of households having one, down from 97% in 2001. In contrast 84% of adults have cell phones that they say are hot items in their lives.
But with the introduction of more sophisticated televisions, will this change? Or will computers just take over the industry?