Television has been evolving ever since, with emerging trends almost every year. Look at its invention dating back to 19th century, and its inventors worked on it with big companies joining the race to produce a device that surpasses the competitors’.
While you may argue that it was meant for our good, we can’t prove otherwise anyway. Due to more changes that followed, TV lovers were able to access information in a friendlier manner than the initial Nipkow disk which was the work of a German university student, Paul Julius Gottlieb Nipkow.
The TV business
As the time passed, television industry diversified and became more than a news channel. It incorporated educational programs which won many hearts and fans including the scholars who viewed it as the easiest way to disseminate knowledge and be able to impact masses in one instance.
Businesses were not left behind. Considering the huge followership and love that TV has garnered since its invention and not to mention the amount of time you always spend in front of that box, businesses saw a golden opportunity. They saw a cheap way to reach you, and as a result, soon televisions started broadcasting advertisements promoting various products and even services.
Well, that’s a little bit of the development foundation of TV industry. Though the above happened, one thing goes without saying; you made it what today is, and it will be tomorrow. If it weren’t for your generosity of time, who knows, maybe it would have been another startup story which could see the daylight.
To hold its base and appeal to its audience, TV industry has advanced a lot of changes through the inspiration of technological advancement. The days of Cathode ray tubes (CRT) is gone, and now you can enjoy flat-screen TV sets.
TV is no longer a luxury
At some point, TV was seen as a luxury, but alas! It is a necessity as we speak. How has time changed? The ever-increasing per-capita, as well as the disposable income, is to blame, rapid urbanization and the ever-changing needs of the consumers.
Among the top TV trends include;
High Dynamic Range (HDR)
This is among the most hyped topics in the industry now. HDR comes with many formats which include HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). What this technology seeks to address is the clarity of the pictures your TV outputs. HDR improves the contrast between the brighter and the dark scenes on your screen.
What this means is that the TVs using HDR technology are brighter than the regular ones. You’ll be getting richer and vibrant pictures. Don’t go out shopping any TV set labelled UHD though; look for Ultra HD Premium logo just to be sure you are buying something legit and real.
4K Ultra HD
This is another new kid in town that you should be aware of in case you were thinking of going shopping for a new set. The 4K screen has a lot of pixels that’s enough to fill the almost four Full HD 1080p TV screens, so if you are interested in a screen with 50-inches or even more this could be the perfect fit.
It is called 4K because the ultimate image displayed on the screen will be around 4,000 pixels which mean more information will be displayed and a clearer image.
TV screens are getting thinner
If you thought only PCs were the only ones rolling out ultra slim screens, think again. The TV industry is taking advantage of this trend by rolling out slim screens. You can imagine a TV screen with a 4.9 mm thickness! How thin can it be? Time will only tell.
Talk of Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) TVs. This is a type of new display invention that simplifies how the TV images are created. You require blue, red, and the green light to form a TV image.
OLED technology simplifies this process by introducing electricity through some materials that will in turn glow hence emitting these specific colors. There’s no television technology, as of now, that can produce images through such a process.
Due to this simple way of creating images, it, therefore, means that OLED TVs will be ultra slim, lighter in weight, and more eco-friendly.
When you hear your friends talking about ‘3D TV,’ don’t freak out and think you are left out. What they are talking about is an HDTV which is 3D compatible. This 3D compatibility thing is a feature on LED, Plasma and even LCD TVs that allows it display specialized videos and images using inbuilt 3D modes, 3D source device and 3D glasses.
How does this work? You may wonder. Well, when your TV is in 3D mode, it will be showing two separate images out of the same object, one meant for the right eye and the second one meant for the other eye. To help you distinguish, you’ll need the 3D glasses, but on a naked eye, the images appear unwatchable due to intermixing effect.
Multi-screen, social and streaming Televisions
The consumption rate of videos is rising at an alarming rate as compared to other forms of content such age articles as well as images. This trend was fueled by the growth of smartphones, PCs, and the tablet technologies.
Social conversations around TV shows, TV stations, and trends have been tapped as the viable rating metric regarding viewership and programs’ level of engagements.
The readily available content and the level of viewer engagement in streaming TV technology has made it perfect target for Big Data miners and advertisers because they can easily extract audience insights that enable laser-sharp customization.
The growth of the internet has made it easier to stream TV shows through apps, and even social networking sites are joining this trend. Your needs are changing and coping with this, and apps have been developed to serve your videos and audios whenever you want, wherever you are, and using any device that is internet-enabled.
The journey witnessed in the TV industry is what is happening in the other sectors. Businesses are now ruled by consumers’ needs which, unfortunately, are ever changing.