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Is standard TV viewing in decline?

We previously talked about the rise of Youtube and whether it could overtake TV in terms of viewers. Youtube has over 300 hours of video uploaded every minute so it certainly has enough content for it to over take TV. However, nowadays there are even more services where you can watch video content... for free!

Television History 

Television caught on in the United Kingdom in 1947, but its expansion was slow. By 1951, with only 2 transmitters, near London and Birmingham, only 9 percent of British homes owned a TV. The United Kingdom was the first country to have a regular daily television schedule direct to homes and it was the first to have technical professions to work on TVs.

A TV license is on average £145.50 a year. This is mainly aimed at keeping the BBC advertisement free and independent of shareholder and political interest. In addition to funding BBC programmes and services, a proportion of the licence fee contributes to the costs of rolling out broadband to the UK population and funding Welsh Language TV channel S4C and local TV channels.

Streaming services such Netflix, Amazon Prime and more have their own monthly costs that you pay in order to access their services too. When it comes to deciding which one you should use if you don't want multiple accounts, there are a number of things you may want to take into account. It may also depend on your age group, whether you lean towards online streaming services opposed to traditional TV.

If you love watching TV and are a regular viewer at both weekdays and weekends, you could watch up to 2000 hours a year of TV. That’s approximately 7p per hour of content you can watch in a year.

Compare that to Netflix, which has over 3 years worth of content on it with new content being added every year, 600 hours of original content to be added in 2016. Netflix basic subscription costs a UK customer £5.99 a month, that’s £71.88 a year, less then half the cost of standard TV.

However, if you are a regular viewer of the Soaps, of the local/regional news, and you are fond of certain shows that only the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Channel 5 show... you will likely to keep standard TV or look at your free view options.

There is a huge community of people that have grown up with series and programmes that are shown on TV, often at the same time every night. Programmes such as Eastenders and Coronation Street rake in 2.2 million viewers on average. There are many "TV moments" that people talk about even to this day. Whether it's an XFactor season that was particularly memorable, or a series of Big Brother that caused a scandal, people like to watch TV and discuss what they're viewing. It's seen the likes of Netflix's documentary drama 'Making a Murderer' go viral, and content such as 'Black Fish' a Seaworld documentary get so much exposure that Seaworld saw it's profits plummet.

With the rise of online streaming services, especially among the younger generation, it is thought that standard TV viewing is in decline and the likes of Netflix, Youtube and others will overtake. But is standard TV viewing in decline?

Is this a good way to cut the cost of your TV bill?

If you have a tablet, phone or laptop you can get the Netflix app on your device and connect it to the TV through Apple TV, Chrome Cast or use it through a console such as an Xbox One. But that would mean if you didn't have these already, you'd need to invest in one.

Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone provide mobile television services for reception on third generation mobile phones also. They consist of a mixture of regular channels (marketed as 'live TV') as well as made for mobile channels with looped content.

There are a number of steaming services available, and all of them have exclusive content to offer and tempt you. It's known that a lot of Sky users tend to favour the Sky Atlantic and Sports channels for example, due to the exclusive content such as Game of Thrones.

Take a look at the best online TV streaming services on Tech Radar.

What about the quality?

The BBC, ITV and Channel 4 all compete for viewers, just like Netflix and Amazon Video compete. Competition in the entertainment industry is great as it tends to lead to new and better quality content. Because of online streaming, it's meant that there has had to be an improvement in internet speed to keep up with demand. With 4K and even 8K content on it's way, things are set to only get better! This applies to both online content as well as TV. Although, online services will tend to be ahead of the game in this respect.

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