I remember back in 1982 when I watched the launch of Channel 4 and I was amazed that we now had four television stations. This is before we had a VCR and if you missed programme, well it was tough!
Now television is very different, people aren’t making sure they are sat down at a certain time just to catch a TV show, film or sports event. Almost everyone has the equipment that enables them to record the programme or we just get it on Catch up. We are now more than ever streaming programmes using the likes of Netflix, Amazon TV through Prime and Hulu and it is only going to become more popular.
When we sit down t watch TV, it is rarely a programme that is being broadcast at that moment, we are big fans of Box sets and we have a big list of box sets that we watch.
It has now been announced that parts of the UK are set to receive full fibre, now that means speeds at 1000mb and over and at those speeds you can download a full HD programme in around 5 seconds!
There was a time that if I hit 10gb’s of download in a month, then my broadband provider would get suspicious about my activity. Now people are easily going over 100gb of downloads in a month and it is normal.
So will there be a need for scheduled television programmes?
Of course there will always be exceptions. Sport will always need to be available at the time it is happening but will it be broadcast or will it just be streamed.
This streaming TV has meant that we are no longer restricted to the television programmes from our country of residence. In the UK we can now follow Canadian Ice Hockey, American Football and for us American box sets.
However first we need to see the broadband speeds get faster and the prices get lower, currently broadband is still expensive but I believe that it will drop. Twenty years ago using a mobile phone was expensive and sending a text cost 15p and voice calls were very pricey. Now my wife pays £5 a month with Virgin Mobile and she gets Unlimited Texts, 1250 minutes of Voice calls and 4gb of data and so I believe that the same will happen to broadband.
Take South Korea for instance has 10gbps broadband in places but even the slower areas at 16gbps put us to shame, but of course the government does restrict sites and tries to keep pornography & websites showing violence and use of drugs, but also subscription-based services and until a year ago Netflix was unavailable.
So will we see super fast broadband anytime soon and how will this affect television as we know it?