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Tech Wiz on the evolution of television…

I was a dish network customer for more than 20 years (and in 6 different cities). There was a time when Dish was a great addition to our home. The thing that always bugged me was the issue of snowstorms, thunderstorms and the loss of TV Signal during that event. We don’t have that problem anymore — the reality of why Dish 20 years ago was technology. Now we don’t worry as much about Technology. The sling was the first technology you could use to rebroadcast your TV from your house to the internet. Now the bad news was you had to upload that video stream so it wasn’t as clean as it could be. The dish purchased Sling more than ten years ago.  Sling Media was a nice addition to our house for many years.

Now all of the services offer the ability to connect and watch live TV on any device. Some of them don’t force you to download the video stream to your house and rebroadcast it. That allows you to have greater upload capacity overall from home. It also allows you to watch shows anywhere you are. Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu have also modified the broadcast world. Streaming has become the new Orange. Streaming is the new standard for a lot of things. Being able to, while at work sitting in the cafeteria and realize that they show you wanted to watch on at 8, and you weren’t going to be home in time to set up a recording is a new reality. Now, you log into your system remotely and setup recording while joking with everyone at lunch!

The newest thing that is huge this year is the integration of voice control. The big Cable and Satellite players now offer voice control. For someone that is tired at the end of the day, saying XYZ please open Netlex is a huge relief. It is easier to remember press one button (microphone shaped in most cases) and say what you want to watch. 4k cable receivers allow you to receive a higher quality image. Sonos, Bose, and home integrated speakers allow you to enjoy the broadcast with higher quality sound. Now the next great innovation I would like is to take my gentle and kind guidance for referees during sporting events I am watching and rebroadcast my thoughts directly to the referees. My yelling in the living room isn’t working. Plus when I yell Dylan nips my feet.

  • have you ever watched tv on a tablet, computer or phone?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Have you ever heard of Flo TV?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you watch netlix?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you watch Hulu?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you still have cable tv?

    • Yes
    • No
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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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    • The percentage continues to evolve in our house. The twins are roughly 99% streaming 1% live. my wife is probably close to 50/50 now. I move around more than the rest of the family. Live sporting events are often only available as streaming, so I go from only streaming in a week to only watching the cable for a week.

      • Well, that’s what also happened in my house. Four people with different tastes, even though there is an integral part, and that difference makes all devices work together, in their respective places. My wife may be 75:25, my eldest daughter 90:20, while the youngest daughter is 95: 5. Something which can gather us may watch a DVD movie or a cinema, although that also depends on the genre of the film.

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