Before we go any further, let us refine our description of Television. If, by TV, you denote frequently scheduled programming like The Newscast, Soap Operas and Reality Shows, then perhaps World wide web TV represents a genuine threat to it, (or perhaps not). If we mean the Television as supply of leisure, then the solution results in being an definite ‘no’.
Present TV should be recorded and played back at the whim of a viewer, when played back it may be paused, fast-forwarded and perhaps slow-mo’d in some cases. That is not traditional TV. So once we talk about ‘conventional TV’, we have to think that we may, actually, be dealing with something which has already began evolving into something different.
Smart TVs are made to stream the Net, as well as handle apps, open emails and lots more besides. If people are watching Television within the Internet, but are doing so on their television models, does this qualify like a invasion? Or is it simply evolution in action?
The exact same goes for DVD or Blu Ray. If I slide in my ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ box set and stare at it from beginning to end, what am I doing if not watching Television? The shows were developed for Television and are being watched on that very same device. If I watch ‘Skyfall’ the identical rules broadly apply, although it’s a
movie, because despite playing to cinemas first, Skyfall will appear on British Television sooner or later.
Arguably, when you watch BBC iPlayer on your PC, you are basically using your laptop like a Television, simillar to when you use iPlayer on your Television, you’re, to some extent, using your Television like a computer. What are you doing when you play an AVI file on your tablet or laptop and use the HDMI output to play it to your Television? Are you not ‘watching the Television?’ and if not, what exactly are you doing?
Evidently, Web TV is a rather different kettle of fish, but even still, it is possible to view it on a Smart TV, or via HDMI output on a slightly less-smart TV.
Are TV shows produced expressly for that internet a threat to regular Television? Well, my favourite TV programme at the moment continues to be ‘Jake & Amir’, a web series produced by ‘College Humor.com’ (and recipient of a fantastic many shout-outs in my opinions and writing), but the accomplishment of recent shows like ‘The walking Dead’ or ‘Game of Thrones’ shows that the television audience is as satisfied as ever.
Whether or not there was a drop in value of regular Television, I can not say. I stopped watching first run programs when I went to University in 2007 and never got back to them. Apart from later series of ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Red Dwarf’ I can not say I have watched anything ‘new’ in years. The Internet does offer you more choice also it gives it back now. The recent past I spent a few hours watching past documentaries on Youtube.com, (I was sat at my laptop, by the way).
What we are seeing is really a natural progression and audiences responding to a rise in choice. It isn’t a ‘takeover’ in any actual, quantifiable sense of a word. Instead, let us imagine it as the evolution of Television.