Television Trends for 2012
In 2012, many things will likely change. However, America’s love for television will not. Television is still one of the primary ways that we inform and entertain ourselves daily. This upcoming year, you will likely see television jump into the next century with more technological options for users.
The past couple of years have proven to be quite interesting when it comes to technology and information consumption. Smart phones keep getting smarter and television viewing will be jumping ahead to catch up this year. It’s going to be an exciting year for sports fans and smart phone users. Here is a list of projections for television trends for the upcoming year:
- Digital wins. When it comes to finding the right shows at the right time, digital cable will start to win out when it comes to home viewing. More and more people will be subscribing to digital cable and they will be looking for providers that allow them the ability to choose what interests them—instantly.
- Customizable options. Users are going to want to see me options. They will want to be able to enjoy their favorite shows anytime and anywhere. They’ll want to be able to change their minds whenever they want. They will want to be able to watch live programming as well as take a look at what happened last night or last week. They’ll want their sport shows in addition to On Demand movies. Keep a look out or packages like XFINITY(http://www.comcast.com/Corporate/Learn/DigitalCable/digitalcable.html) from Comcast that allow users to mix regular programming with On Demand Choices.
- Access anywhere. In addition to customizable programming options, users will begin demanding to see their favorite programming when and where they want it. That is why you will likely see services offering options for viewers to watch television online and on the go. Let’s face it; television is no longer an activity that people do while sitting at home at night. Instead, people want their television options to be as agile and active as they are.
- DVR gets smarter. DVRs have been around a while. Look for 2012 to be the year when they get smarter and more intuitive. Most DVR services can be added to digital television packages. However, with advancing technology, they will be able to store more and be accessible anywhere. Live television pausing will be more efficient. Additionally, DVRs will go mobile and be accessible via computers and smartphones. Forgot to set the DVR to catch the season premier tonight? No problem, just log in and make the adjustment online.
- Mobile device integration. Mobile television viewing is going to get much more advanced this year. Many digital television providers are already offering their services via applications for smartphones and iPad devices. This way, you’ll be able to watch your favorite shows and movies whether you are on your commute or away or the weekend. This is big news for avid sports fans that now won’t have to miss their games because of a busy schedule.
What else are we likely to see in the world of television? Don’t be surprised if television becomes a bit more interactive. That is, watch for various types of social media integration and feedback technologies coming online in the next year or two. After that the sky is the limit. Who knows? Perhaps more customizable advertising and specific programming will become more tailored. Either way, this is gearing up to be an exciting year in all things television. Are you excited for a more customizable user experience? Are you happy with your current service? Are you interested in internet and cable solutions?