Since its inception around 75 years ago, the television has evolved at a progressive pace, and in the twentieth century, television may be regarded as the most influential technology invention, apart from the internet of course. The initial version of the television were borne out of rough skills and was met with enough skepticism, but now it has surmounted into the necessity, to the extent that surveys carried out in U.S state that each house of the country bears a television: people ratio of 2.75:2. Thus there are more television sets per home than people.
The evolution of television experienced a ‘boom and burst’ phase with the advent of the 90’s and although it seems like light years away, television has changed dramatically only since the 90’s. So let us delve deeper into the look and feel of the evolution since the 90’s.
The Golden Era of 90’s
The 1990’s saw drastic improvements in television, thanks to the concurrent evolution of internet. Television programming turned into an easier task, as people started enjoying pushing the buttons of FCC to scour through much loved shows like, ‘Chitrahaar’,’Dekh Bhai Dekh’, ‘Chandrakanta’ and ‘Hum Paanch’. Cable television occupied a sizeable part of television channels and ruled the hearts of viewers like crazy. By the end of the decade, programming of cable television had become the next big thing, and an indispensable part of everyday lives, so much so that every individual swore by it for complete entertainment. People enjoyed shows like ‘Vikram and Betal’ as well as ‘Office Office’, and Doordarshan, Sony TV became a much loved hindi tv channels, only because they discussed all things taboo and broke societal barriers by explicitly depicting scenes pertaining to violence, family drama and controversies.
Various technologies of television like Indian TV in USA, Colored TV, LCD/LED TV and Mobile TV were still underway, and the standard Black n White TV still lead the market.
However, the 90’s television did imbibe additional features like sleep timers, parental controls and ‘picture in picture’.
The Magical Age of 2000
At the beginning of the decade, DVD players rose to spotlight. Later on, thin became the new fashion as plasma TVs began to predominate homes. Reality shows and talent hunts became the new mantra of television success and shortcut to fame, as people religiously tuned in to their TV sets to soak up these shows. Television then went to become all digital, which improved picture quality, making it high definition.
Approximately ten years later, Mobile TV, Live TV and online TV and Catchups became popular, with the introduction of speedy internet, digital recording and live video streaming.