The television isn’t just an electronic appliance. It is a mental escape, a late-night companion, a gateway that offers a glimpse into another place and time, either real or manufactured. It is a device that has come to represent the modern man and has undeniably changed the course of history over the past century.
Yet, despite the role it has played in shaping communities and society, viewing habits have become more solitary in recent years. Nevertheless, the device that was once the primary method in which we consumed news and entertainment remains just as important today and is evolving to meet the changing demands of those who watch it.
A Member of the Family
In Mexico, several experiments were conducted on television starting in1934, but the first TV station -Channel 5 in Mexico City –started operating in 1946. On August 31, 1950 a television commercial was introduced and regular programming began in 1955. Mexican Telesistema was created by the merger of three existing channels.
That same year, Brazil and Cuba began commercial broadcasting. Meanwhile, the first transmissions took place in Argentina in 1951 and in the Dominican Republic on August 1, 1952. Colombia began its broadcasting on June 13, 1954, transmitting a presidential speech, followed by a variety show. Uruguay, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama followed shortly thereafter. Television has expanded and transformed, becoming an essential part of the Latin American family.
With wholesome programs, television brought family and friends together, creating endless opportunities for shared experiences. Memorable musical performances, touching stories and provocative news coverage would leave emotional marks on viewers and create memories that many will never forget. Television became the primary medium for influencing public opinion, and affect historical events.
As the popularity of TV increased and spread throughout the world, the effects it had on people were tenfold. Not only did it bring villages and communities together, it created a unity among entire nations. The coverage of sports events, for example, allowed viewers to develop and sustain their cultural identity and sense of connectedness with their compatriots. There’s no better example than international sporting events such as the Olympics. These events have the ability, even if only for a few weeks, to turn complete strangers in a bar into long lost brothers.
They Want More – Samsung SUHD TV
Things started to change in the late 1990s with the possibility of watching video and television broadcasts on the internet. The advent of laptops and later, smartphones, gave viewers, particularly millennial the unique opportunity to watch TV anytime, anywhere. Other TV trends, such as a shift from satellite and cable to digital streaming and convenient on-demand services, allow viewers to “binge watch” a number of shows alone in a single sitting, have become the new norm.
Despite these recent trends, viewers are asking for more from their TV watching experience, especially today when the biggest shows are being filmed in 4K resolution for large, cinema-like screens that offer viewing experiences incomparable to what smartphones can create.
A great example is Samsung’s SUHD TV with nano-crystal technology as described in Samsung’s SUHD Smart TV running Tizen OS as UHD Alliance Grows and Internet of Things Beckons, which offers better colors, depth and detail for a truly cinematic display. With its trendy curved screen, it creates an immersive experience, proving just how much viewers are missing out on when they watch their favorite programs on portable devices.
While some viewers are sticking to their handheld electronic devices to watch their favorite programs, other television-less TV fanatics are beginning to flock to public venues for community screening parties to catch up on their favorite shows — but not just for the bigger screens and improved technology. Families, too, are heading back into the living room, watching an average of four hours of TV per day, though the device is no longer simply a means of live feed entertainment.
For example, smart TVs powered by systems like Tizen give these families the chance to do more together, such as play games or surf the web via customized interactive screens. Additionally, smart devices and appliances are easily controlled with the click of button on the TV screen. Smart TVs and their connectivity capabilities are continuously breaking the norms and enabling users to take advantage of a far more advanced and accelerated TV experience.
While the televisions of today are bigger, better and more sophisticated, allowing viewers to engage with, consume and tailor to their personal preferences even more diverse media and content than in the past, the true prowess of TV lies in its ability to connect people. It is certain that despite the current advancements in technology, there’s nothing more powerful than a shared laugh or cry with those that you love, and the television is the perfect way to create such an experience.
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