How is mobile changing TV?

Have streaming services and mobile devices changed the way we watch TV?
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How is mobile changing TV?

Taking TV with us

At one stage, not so many years ago, we had our minds set on making TVs as big as possible – ‘bigger the better’, they used to say. And it wasn’t long before our home sets got thinner and wider than we ever thought imaginable.

Now, we carry our TVs in our pockets and bags, in the form of smartphones, tablets and laptops. So, what changed?

The evolution

In the past twenty years television has grown more than we ever thought imaginable. In the early 90s it was a rarity to have the option of more than five channels, but when Cable and Sky Broadcasting came into play, it changed everything.

In their infancy, these services came with expensive installations and costly monthly subscriptions – to most they were considered a luxury.

Now however, we have the likes of Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Sky Go, Wuaki.tv, Amazon Prime, All 4, Now TV, Blinkbox, not to mention iTunes and Google Play, all offering us hundreds of shows and films on demand. And, wouldn’t you know it, you can watch them all on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

In the future

Recently we’ve seen the advent of smart sticks, drawing us back towards our old friend, the TV. Smart sticks are no bigger than traditional USB sticks and plug directly into your telly’s HDMI port - giving you access to a lot of the services we mentioned above. If this is news to you, check out Google’s Chromecast or the Roku Streaming Stick – both under £40.

With the advent of streaming services, we’re now watching more and more telly on our handheld devices than ever before. The television will undoubtedly always have a place in our living rooms, but with so many other options, will we rely on it in future as much as we’ve done in the past?

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