Skip to comments.TVs fade out as technology takes over
Posted on 09/14/2006 7:37:16 AM PDT by qam1
If you had to choose between your PC, TV set or mobile phone, which one would you pick?
That was one of the questions researcher Forrester posed to almost 4800 households in the US and, although the TV set still ruled the roost in most homes, the study showed that it was no longer the top gadget of choice among the young and prosperous.
Forrester found that less than 20 per cent of the gen Y group (aged 18-26) ranked TVs top compared with the 37 per cent who rated their PCs as the most important. A further 27 per cent preferred their mobile phones, while the remainder nominated other gadgets.
Among the older gen X age group (27-40) only a quarter of respondents gave their TV set the highest rating against a more substantial 28 per cent who preferred their PCs, with only 19 per cent nominating their mobile phone.
Those earning above $US75,000 ($100,000) a year also had a marked preference for their PCs with 32 per cent electing them as their favourite devices compared with the 27 per cent who nominated their TVs. However most of those earning under $US75,000 still preferred their TVs.
TVs also triumphed among older age groups, and they claimed top spot overall with nearly a third (32 per cent) of all those surveyed still nominating them as the most important device in their lives, compared with 21 per cent who preferred their PCs (desktop or laptop). Mobile phones, meanwhile, ranked third as the must-have device for only one in seven.
Forrester said: "It's inevitable that TVs' long reign as the most important device in consumers' lives will come to a close as computers, cell phones and other connected devices transfer control over entertainment, communications, media and creativity to consumers."
But with 54 per cent of homes expected to own an HDTV by 2011, the researcher added: "The TV set isn't dead, it's just shifting to become only one of many devices that advertisers, content owners and distributors and media companies should live with in the TV present while preparing for the PC and cell phone future."
Here is some tv for your PC. http://www.4tv.com/
We have basic cable and there's still nothing to watch. I can flip through about 25 channels (including 10 foreign language ie Spanish, Korean) and 75% of the programming at any particular time seems to be commercials. The only thing of any interest are some of the Spanish novellas (for the hot chicks/psuedo-cultural cliches) & PBS (eg Nova).
Thanks for the link - although I haven't gotten it to work properly yet; however, I do have an unstable Internet connection which is probably the cause.
Ok I admit it, I cheat...
I have a TV card in my computer :)
"If you had to choose between your PC, TV set or mobile phone, which one would you pick?"
We'd be better off spending time with our family and friends.
Yes, I have upgraded my Coleco Adam's 300 baud modem and CPM 2.2 so that I can use Lynx and the Internet.
Probably because you can't regulate content on pcs like you can on tv.
Absolutely, it's the content, not the machine.
Generation X, then Y, then Z? Anyone? Pattern? logical progression? The end? What comes after Z?
F@%# no, *&@%^&*$%#!
;) Big Love does not have a lot of swearing, actually.
I dumped TV in '97. It was a big deal then, but I get the feeling it is a less and less radical thing to do as time marches on.
If I was into televised sports, it would have been difficult. But I'm not.
It's just the natural life cycle of a Nickelodeon show: the first season of Ren and Stimpy was brilliant, then some dolt on the writing team decided the gross-out aspect of the humor was what sold and it turned into trash. Invader Zim, the best show they ever had, got cancelled outright.
It makes one wonder about the management practices at the network: they keep starting winners only to kill them. (And it's not like the medium has anything to do with it: in Japan popular anime franchises can keep going for years, sometimes declining in quality, sometimes not.)
Gen Y was a stupidity, Gen X was the tenth generation from the American founding, the progression should have been Gen XI, Gen XII, . . .
Being dead is not the right term to use...revolution would be better. Face it...to have high quality written shows like Lost, Desperate Housewives, and Battlestar...which are lightyears above where TV was in 1995 for scripts...we are watching consumers demand more.
We will likely see a British-based channel operating amongst the top 10 channels in the US within a couple of years...simply doing something different. We will see reality shows go even further than what we see today. All of this...is revolution. TV isn't dying...its just trimming off the excess and getting leaner.
Interesting. When traveling I sometimes flip on the set in the hotel to see what's there, but outside of the History channel there seems to be nothing worth watching.
Mine just sort of faded out a few years ago. Back in the early 90s I caught one of the news stations faking a news item, which was the end of TV news (not that I hadn't already figured out they weren't covering serious stories). But there were a few programs I watched regularly... then two (weekly)... then one... then... none.
Thanks...I'll check it out first before ordering the premium channel upgrade.
Don't delude yourself that you would have something to watch ... if only you had cable!
We have a satelllite [cable not available here]. Over the past decade there has been a steady decline in watchable "shows". Everything has become nasty and/or violent ... or just plain stupid and unwatchable. The only things we watch are Fox news at 6 p.m. and baseball games during the season. The rest of the time our TV is merely a conduit for the videos we watch ... and we are very selective there, as well ... most of what we watch is a decade or more old.
"What comes after Z?"
I just upgraded Girlfriend 6.0 to Wife 1.0, and now NightOutWithTheBoys 3.0 won't run, and BankAccount 6.5 keeps saying "Insufficient cache available."
I still have a Coleco Adam in the attic.
| "Remember the days
when you thought about how much
fun computers were?"
I've got one word for you: Mythbusters.
One of the few shows I've EVER seen that satisfies both the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
I do that now with utorrent and the RSS DOWNLOADER. I scan a lot of different feeds, among them is:
Deadwood, 24(HBO), American Chopper, anything you want.
I haven't watched a commercial in years, and it doesn't cost a dime.
re: your profile, JoJo's latest single is like crack for my ears. I've listened to it probably 50 times on my mp3 player and online and still am not tired of it. Hard to believe she's only 16. She's a very talented pop tart.
Good evening and the very best to you and yours.
I rarely watch regular tv. Tune into the weather channel on occasion and AMC. Watch DVD's on my 19 inch lcd monitor. I purchased a geat sound system with the computer.(5 speakers).
I never listened
to this stuff until my car's
broke. Now all I get
is Disney Channel AM.
I have been surprised
at how well produced
these young girl singers can be.
is my favorite
of the bunch, but all those kids
have done some good stuff.