Like most people my age, TV has been a regular part of life since being born. However, how we watch TV has evolved and is still evolving.
Picking up the remote and flipping channels has become a thing of the past. Everything is “On Demand”. Netflix paved the way for people to marathon through TV shows. Watching 4-5 episodes (or more) of a show in one sitting is becoming the norm.
Back when I could barely afford cable TV, I enjoyed downloading TV shows on my computer. YouTube had just started, so I found myself spending hours on my computer watching two minute clips at a time, wasting away the wee hours of the night. I discovered many channels that created a “one hit wonder” (can we say Numa Numa– holy crap that’s ten years ago!) Now, you get only a few seconds to become an Internet Celebrity. (Damn Daniel).
I still stay up way past my bedtime, watching a screen or two until 3am. I am often watching some sort of streaming video service. I enjoy being able to watch TV shows on my time, not the time slot that we used to have to wait for. I’ve also started to cut out shows that don’t grab my interest. I don’t see the point of watching a series just because everyone else is. Or, if a series has suddenly “Jumped The Shark”, I quit watching.
About a month ago, I had an opportunity to try out different Virtual Reality devices. On one of the devices I watched a short film that was created by some former Pixar animators. Wearing the goggles, the viewer is immersed in a new environment. There was full 360° viewing capability. When you focused on the main character, the story moved forward. If you looked around to check out the environment you were in, the story would suspend and wait until your focus returned. If you followed the main sequence of events, the movie went fairly quickly. I love technological advances and this blew me away. Something unique has been created and could be the future of video watching.