Televisions have improved rapidly over time. The most influential change in the past few decades was the inclusion of colour. Ever since then, they’ve become slimmer, bigger, and more vibrant. There are many new features on the horizon for televisions. However, there are also a few factors that could lead to its extinction.
OLEDs are considered to be the peak of TV displays. Although they offer an incredibly vibrant experience, they come with a few disadvantages. MicroLEDs will eventually take their place. They are a combination of OLED and QLED screens that offer a greater contrast as well as expert colour control. They are thought to be at least four times brighter than their counterpart. Unfortunately, they would be more expensive and it’ll be quite a while until they become accessible.
If you guessed from the name, this would is a hybrid of QLED and OLED screens. The tech would make use of the quantum dot technology of the former with the light-emitting diodes of the latter.
The technology will hit the markets before micro LEDs become more accessible. Samsung is currently working on one, which is said to be an $11bn project.
To access channels, you’ll have to purchase the bundle they come with. This could restrict what you’ll be able to watch. Cable networks have started to do away with this system, so bundles will soon become obsolete.
At the end of the day, though, cable is dying. Most people use the TV to access cable, so with it diminishing, the want for televisions is declining. People have become more aware that they’re paying a lot and getting a little in return. This phenomenon has been classed as “cord-cutting”. Streaming services have taken control, which we touched on below.
Threats to The Television
VR could lead to the downfall of the television as we know it. The tech is highly portable and far more advanced. Virtual reality is most commonly used for gaming, but you can also watch movies using the headsets. Over time, the tech will keep getting better and their popularity will rise, leading to users abandoning TVs.
Standalone headsets are dominating the market. You just slip them on, sit back and enjoy whatever you’re watching. However, ones specifically for the mobiles and the computer were the norm. You’ve probably heard of the Google Cardboard before. It’s a great choice that costs below $50. As time goes on, VR keeps adjusting. You can view AR content on them as well.
We touched on streaming services below. You can use them along with virtual reality gear. Netflix is compatible with units like the Google Daydream.
The internet is arguably giving the television the biggest run for its money. As mentioned, you don’t have to rely on cable anymore. Instead, you can sign up for a streaming service and use it on multiple devices. Although watching Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+ can also be done on a TV, you would need a smart one. They’re not portable, while phones, tablets, and laptops are.
Streaming services have become extremely popular thanks to their want to take over the market. Leading names have been specializing content specifically to countries and customs. They are also producing their own shows, which you’ll never find on cable.
Their rates are becoming more affordable too. There is an exclusive membership of $3 in India. It’s only available on mobiles.
YouTube is another threat to the TV. Its content is more diverse than what you’ll find while skipping through channels.
YouTube not only competes with televisions and cable, but it is also going head-to-head with giants like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. It uses algorithms to show users a wide range of content.
There is a service called YouTube Premium as well. The videos on it are ad-free, much like on Amazon Prime, Hulu etc… You can download content, and play them in the background.
The service, formerly known as YouTube Red, also comes with exclusive shows. Considering you can relax and watch them on your phone, the television doesn’t stand a chance.
The future of these devices will include many changes if they are to last. Displays will get brighter and more vibrant with OLEDs being replaced. MicroLEDs will be their successor. However, it will take a while for the tech to be more accessible. That’s why until then, QD-OLEDs will remain.
Of course, VR will be a major change too. It’s only a matter of time before it is integrated into televisions. Major companies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have already started on such projects.
Speaking of VR, it could also lead to the downfall of the TV. You could use a VR headset, and get a more immersive experience watching movies. The internet is probably the biggest threat so far, with most people preferring to watch movies and videos on handheld devices rather than switch on their TV.
The question is, will the television be around in a few decades, or get replaced by alternative devices?