I’m sure the younger readers perusing this article won’t think this by any means, but there was a time, not too far in the past, where the only content you can watch on TV was whatever happened to be on at the time. It was a time before the VCR, before DVD, before iPlayer…A absolute land before time.
Rather than today’s reference rag, got more out of habit than necessity and then callously crumpled under the coffee table, the Television Guide was once a holy document, a scripture being savoured and pondered upon for a complete week, ahead of little sections and pictures were cropped, with fantastic care and attention, and pasted into scrapbooks so that whole family could re-live their favourite episodes of ‘The Avengers’ that might not again be broadcast for decades.
When VHS came along, listeners lastly had the choice to control their content. Actually, this Promethean innovation allowed us to record Television shows, just in case we had to go out. We could even buy our favorite shows and replay them to our heart’s content, though you’re limited to the number of series you can purchase, because the pesky things were big enough to develop an annex from, and still have enough for a patio plus a loft extension (which is just what we did down my street – It boosted the home value in the region for a good six months before anybody noticed that the new master bedroom was made out of old copies of ‘Under Siege’).
When DVD arrived, followed by downloadable content, it saved space and it made the guy in the commercials go “whoa!” like Keanu Reeves receiving an Eskimo roll right up the you-know-what. The challenge was that TV very much catered solely to its own timetable, as opposed to yours.
The BBC iPlayer and its ilk tainted even this. Does watching ‘Mock The Week’ conflict along with your sophisticated catering class? Well, now you can watch it on whatever night of the week you prefer, which is beautiful as, in possible of that particular show, watching older DVDs can make you flinch at once hilarious Jade Goody or Amy Winehouse gags which are now…not so novel.
On-Demand programmes also includes shows streamed on the Internet, something your Smart TV will now pick up a lot better than your PC will. This consists of Net-only TV shows as well as Self-sufficient, user-created content such as you can find on Youtube, Dailymotion or Vimeo (most of which have downloadable Smart TV applications). Using apps offered by businesses like Amazon or Netflix, that were initially developed specifically for the World wide web, you are able to even rent the latest films directly to your Television watching them anytime you prefer and in no way having to fret about getting up early to deliver the box back to Blockbusters on your route to work.
On Demand shows basically means that if it is out there, the chances are it is possible to watch it. Smart TV means you can watch whatever you wish; however you want, whenever you want. That’s right, you call the shots. Now, whenever you ask out the girl from the chippie and she says “I can’t that night cos Emmerdale’s on” you will not have to creep home disappointed. Instead, you can simply suggest she catches up with it at another time.
Smart TV basically remakes you, the viewer, into the master of your entertainment destiny. You will choose from literally anything one can imagine and watch it anytime you like. You could even watch your Uncle Gordon’s holiday videos…But the beauty is that it is not the only thing that is on. In my opinion, I would sooner track down and re-watch ‘Demolition Man’.