The Reasons Online TV Has Finally Gone Mainstream

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While everyone raves about Hulu and Youtube etc. The usual suspects are being caught up by a surprise challenger, Facebook!
The social networking scene has exploded recently with every Tom, Dick and Harry Twittering and posting onto Facebook, however a Nielsen report shows Facebook is the third biggest streaming website.
Of course YouTube was top streaming website for October with a monumental 6.6 billion streams delivered, which put their closest competitor to shame. New boy Hulu only managed a paltry 632 million streams. Surprisingly, however, the number three spot went to Facebook, who served 217 million videos. Further, Nielsen found that the amount of time actually spent on Facebook for the purpose of viewing videos increased a massive 1,840% over the past year. That surpassed the growth in online video viewing as a whole, which roughly doubled.
The speculation is that Facebook has evolved beyond social networking, and is instead morphing into a media hub. Nielsen may be right, and with hundreds of millions of subscribers already, Facebook has the userbase to try nearly any service they want.

Lets be honest though, if Facebook decided to run for president right now they would probably walk it. The fact is though, a social networking site is never going to be top dtreaming site.. Is it?

After years of promises and dissapointments, online tv is only now becoming part of popular culture. You dont need to be a geek to watch online tv anymore, so what has changed and why has it finally taken off?

The popular broadcasters and providers have all given their opinion, and it seems to be a culmination of things that have tipped internet tv onto the front page.
According to Rahul Chakkara of the BBC its the adoption of fast speed broadband connections. No longer do we need to watch jerky, fuzzy, low quality images. With the high speed available, we can watch broadcast quality online
Claire Tavernier of Fremantle FMX thinks that it has been due to the two standout online tv providers. The BBC iPlayer for UK and Hulu in the US have made the masses finally accept watching online video. These quality sites provide a good source of quality, relevant content and promote its accessibility on major TV channels.

Richard Davidson-Houston of Channel 4 says that it all comes down to reccomendations and the fact that laptops are taking the place of second TVs are driving the trend. He also thinks that watching catch up tv has been a major factor. Watching last nights missed tv shows online is a big draw.
Peter Bale from Microsoft puts it down to great quality streams and the fact that skateboarding dogs on YouTube are no longer the height of entertainment online.
All of these reasons are great in themselves, but add them all together and you get a compellling reason why online tv is booming.

Whether you use a few tv remotes or one of those do everything ones, we all live in constant fear of the batteries running out.All that energy wasted walking to the tv to change channels is chillingly close to reality with every button push.
Those fears may soon be in the past, NEC Electronics and Japanese company Soundpower have created Nirvana for TV users. A remote control that requires no batteries.
This ingenious beast creates its own power whenever a viewer presses a button. Every time you hop channels or change the volume. electricity is created through the power of vibration, the energy is then used to power the remote and get away from those annoying ad breaks.
NEC say that the electricity that is generated by the vibrations is enough to turn the TV on and off, as well as change the channel of increase or decrease the volume.
The Battery Free TV Remote Control is just in the early prototype stages at the moment, but both companies intend to start marketing the technology to TV makers next year, so who knows we could see our new TVs in the next few years arriving with battery free remote controls.
Looking at the prototype, lets just hope they can employ a designer, the existing one looks like he was around in the 60's.

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