World Television Day

Today is World Television Day, we should celebrate the existence of a genius invention which has changed our lives. Our horizons has been widened. We not only catch up with the news from the world but also relax in front of the TV which entertains us.

 

Television - „an electronic system of transmitting transient images of fixed or moving objects together with sound over a wire or through space by apparatus that converts light and sound into electrical waves and reconverts them into visible light rays and audible sound” - sccording to the Merriam Webster Dictionary (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/television). In its experimental forms it started to be available already in 1920s. However, about the real set up of television we can talk only after the World War II. The developed black and white version got popularity in American houses. Already in 50s television was the main factor of opinion making. In the 60s the most developed countries started to use colour television. During the last years television has developed with a fast speed. The variety of broadcasted programmes and shows are impressive: live shows, reality shows, competitions, talk shows, digitalised concerts and events, etc. Those are just a few of the huge proposal of main TV stations. About the same boom we can talk in the film industry. Special effects have been developed so much that we are able to watch impossible. Many of the Holywood productions couldn’t have been produced a couple of years ago.

Television itself developed also ‚physically’. The boxes which are at our homes, are not actually boxes anymore. The shape changed together with the image. LED, full HD, curved, slim, etc. this is the modernized box from our living room. What is more, almost everyone can afford it. „For the first time, more than half of the world’s population with TV sets are now within reach of a digital TV signal. The figure stands at approximately 55 percent as of 2012, compared to just 30 percent in 2008, according to ITU’s annual “Measuring the Information Society 2013.” The adoption rates vary from an estimated 81 percent of the total number of households in first world countries to 42 percent in the developing world” (http://www.tvtechnology.com/opinions/0087/the-state-of-television-worldwide/222681).

Even if the television needs to struggle with the Internet, it is still very popular. „We spend eight years and 10 months of our life watching television - and around eight months talking about it, a new study revealed. The average Briton now has, on average, at least five series they’re watching regularly. To be able to keep up with so many shows, 86 per cent make the most of catch-up services to stay on top of their viewing habits. And the study, by Freeview to launch its Catch Up Hotline, found that if we’re not watching television, we’re talking about it. Two thirds of us, 66 per cent, say TV is our favourite topic of conversation with friends and work colleagues” (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/how-long-actually-spend-watching-7998893).

Maybe watching television after a day of work in front of the computer with some breaks for the smartphone is not such a good idea for the health but today it is allowed. Today is the World Television Day, so what is interesting on?

 

 

Daria Jaranowska

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