Before we go any further, let us refine our classification of TV. If, by TV, you indicate frequently scheduled programming like The Newscast, Soap Operas and Reality Shows, then perchance Internet TV represents a real risk to it, (or maybe not). If we imply the Television as supply of enjoyment, then the solution turns into an emphatic ‘no’.
Current Television can be recorded and played back on the whim of a viewer, when played back it may be paused, fast-forwarded and perhaps slow-mo’d in some cases. That is just not conventional Television. So once we talk about ‘habitual TV’, we’ve to think that we may, in fact, be coping with something that has already started evolving into something else.
Smart TVs are made to watch the Internet, as well as manage apps, open emails and much more furthermore. If individuals are watching Television within the Internet, but do so on their TV models, does this qualify as a takeover? Or is it simply evolution in action?
The same goes for DVD or Blu Ray. If I slide in my ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ box set and watch it from start to end, what am I doing if not watching TV? The shows were developed for TV and are being watched on that very same gadget. If I watch ‘Skyfall’ the same rules broadly apply, despite the fact that it’s a
movie, because despite playing to cinemas first, Skyfall will appear on Uk Television sooner or later.
Arguably, when you watch BBC iPlayer on your laptop, you’re basically using your computer like a Television, exactly like whenever you use iPlayer on your Television, you could be, to some extent, using your Television as a computer. What are you doing if you ever play an AVI file on your tablet or PC and use the HDMI output to play it on your Television? Are you not ‘watching the TV?’ if not, what exactly are you doing?
Naturally, Internet Television is a rather different kettle of fish, but even still, you are able to view it on the Smart TV, or via HDMI output on a rather less-smart TV.
Are TV shows produced expressly for the 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 an excellent many shout-outs in my opinions and writing), but the success of recent programmes like ‘The walking Dead’ or ‘Game of Thrones’ shows that the television viewers is as fulfilled as ever.
Whether there has been a drop in quality of standard TV, I can’t say. I finished watching first run programs when I visited University in 2007 and never got back into them. Aside from later episodes of ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Red Dwarf’ I can not say I’ve watched anything ‘new’ in years. The Net does give you more choice also it gives it to you now. Yesterday I spent several hours watching past documentaries on Youtube.com, (I was sat at my computer, by the way).
What we’re seeing may be a physical progression and audiences responding to an increase in choice. It is not a ‘takeover’ in any actual, quantifiable sense of the word. Instead, let us imagine it as the evolution of Television.