I’m about to give my age away shortly. My earliest memory of televisions come from a time when most people I knew rented their box. The buttons on the front did strange things like “vertical hold” and were extremely sensitive to prying little fingers such as mine. At least they didn’t come with remotes… I was therefore unable to post said remote down the back of the sofa, or any other yucky inaccessible place.
When we did finally have a television with a remote, there was little point. Only 4 channels and no daytime broadcasting. I suppose it was kinda useful for the old teletext service.
As I fast forward to today, the remote zapper is a key instrument. There’s so much you can do with a ‘smart television’. The odd thing is, I rarely use it as just a television. In fact I can’t remember the last time I watched live broadcasts. I keep my favourite programs on the hard drive, view them when I’m ready and zip though ads.
I’m sure I’m not alone in my use of televisions and how I access programming. I wonder how we will consume our visual entertainment in the future?