How TV has Evolved Over the Past 80 Years

By: Ryan

TV has changed a great deal since its invention in the 1930’s. We as a society have gone from a few channels and very simple programming in the early days of the Television, to today’s more narrowcasting view with hundreds of channels and different programming available to us. Many TV channels have become more narrow in their focusing, as we see channels like the Golf channel, the Food Network, and Jewelry Television, which all aim to attract a certain limited audience. However, there are still many corporations who run very broad channeling, such as ABC, NBC, and FOX, which strive to gain the attention of the masses.

Along with the changing in content over the years, we have also seen a change in the technology surrounding TV, and how this content is presented. Back in the early days of the TV, all pictures shown were black and white. Then a few decades later, color TV was invented, making Television programs more life-like and realistic. Now with the invention of high resolution HDTV’s and 3D televisions, we now have even more realistic representations of our favorite television programs. The internet has also played a big role in the evolution of TV, and allows us to watch TV programs that have already passed. Back before the internet, if someone wanted to watch an episode of a TV show that they missed, they either had to record it on a DVR or VHS tape, or find a physical copy of what they missed. With the internet, we now have the ability to simply stream videos directly to our computers without having to record anything. This is a huge shift in the way we view broadcasting, and has pushed society greatly toward the idea of narrowcasting.

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