A more accurate title for this article would probably have been, “when will ALL television sets become obsolete?” but I can only speak for myself and how I use my TV, but I can definitely see things moving in a direction when my TV set, or any TV set, becomes completely unnecessary, since all my viewing needs may soon be met via my computer and Internet connection.
There are even tons of things you can do with a computer that a TV set cannot. For example, you can enjoy Situs poker online Terpopuler using a mobile phone or a computer easily.
As I browse around the Internet I see so many opportunities for rich, multimedia experience. Miss last night’s episode of (insert your favorite television show)? Chances are fairly decent that if you go to the website of the network that broadcasts your show, you’ll have, at the very least, the opportunity to view a video clip of highlights, if not the entire show.
Everything from “Heroes” to “30 Rock” on NBC, to “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC to “CSI” and “Survivor” on CBS can be found via those networks’ websites. Most videos are quite high quality, although not download-able, and while they often are broken up into segments separated by commercials… so were the episodes as they aired on TV!
And if you want to be able to download and watch a particular episode again and again, then an online store (such as the iTunes Store or Amazon’s recently-launched Unbox system), could be the right place for your viewing needs. Television shows from those two stores typically cost a couple bucks per episode, or you can – at least in some cases – purchase a full season of episodes.
Of course, those type of arrangements don’t include the fun extras and bonus features that a full-season DVD set would include (and the same can be said for purchasing a movie online instead of the physical DVD), but I think that’s a problem many people are used to by now. The advent a few years ago of Netflix and more recently Blockbuster’s online service has conditioned people to a renter’s mindset, where the content is only yours for a little while, until you give it back. This fits in quite well with the other options available online, where you can rent a movie as part of a subscription service, like that offered by Vongo.
You want sports? News? ESPN.com, in conjunction with Major League Baseball, offers a season pass to pretty much every baseball game played during a season (except for those in your viewing area which were blacked out), a subscription which lasts through the World Series. Similar season passes are available for other pro sports, as well as some college athletics. And the nightly news isn’t left out either, as NBC and CBS both offer their nightly news programming on the Internet.
I believe there will come a day when individuals no longer need to purchase a cable package from the local company, but can instead subscribe to the exact channels he or she wants, directly from the company. Imagine being able to subscribe to a high quality Internet stream of HBO and ESPN, Disney and Discovery? Imagine a day arriving – probably not that far in the future – when high speed Internet is so prevalent, every house pre-wired, that dial-up becomes a thing of the past. When our Internet infrastructure is revamped so that we all have 20 MB service common in Japan right now (instead of the 6 MB offered by Comcast and the 1.5 MB offered by many DSL providers), when that day comes, will there be any reason for content providers NOT to provide programming online?
And when that happens, along with the inevitable increase in flat panel computer monitor sizes, already commonly available on many home computers at 20 inches, and more rarely up to 30 inches… at that moment, will my television become obsolete? I think it might.