Recent studies show that almost 4 billion people are watching TV online. That figure is rising constantly on a daily basis as there are more channels and more choice on the Internet!
The regular Internet user spends nearly forty-one days each year being online or approximately 164 minutes per day, also researches reveals that 148 minutes per day are spent watching television. This supports studies done in September 2005 that most individuals spend almost eight hours a day using 2 or even more media simultaneously.
It all began in the opposite way – The Internet was made compatible with a television set, and individuals could access the web through their television screen. Now things are beginning to move in the opposite direction. Television is now being tailored to fit into the constantly changing perimeters of the World Wide Web. The benefit? Now individuals can watch TV online. But what exactly can individuals watch over their computer screen?
Online TV is opening up a world of possibilities for television stations. All over the world, TV stations are making their broadcasts available to view online. The United States alone offers hundreds of stations, while nations like South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, Finland, Spain, France, Japan and many more are offering stations as well. The possibilities are endless when it comes to what individuals can find when they watch TV online. Whether you’re interested in movies, news, documentaries, various sporting events, soap operas, kids programs, music channels, in fact the list is endless. Even the best football matches that aren’t shown on normal satellite or cable can be found online, even live Premiership games in the UK!
There are many advantages to making television accessible via the web. Many people have very little time to watch television during the day. There are workers who get up in the morning and work late and are on their laptops always working on a day-to-day basis. On a lunch break; it would be nice for people to have a chance to get away and watch a bit of TV. Maybe Catch up on the scores or sneak a glimpse of a soap opera. This would appeal to busy people; many of those who don’t get a chance to do so at home can watch TV online on a computer.
Watching TV online requires no additional hardware and when new channels become available they are automatically added. All the software necessary to view TV on the Internet use easy to use user interfaces. The best thing and the most obvious is that there is no monthly charges for watching TV on the Internet usually just a small one time fee to get all the information to get you up and running. There are literally hundreds of channels available and Internet software adapt to pretty much any Internet connection however fast or slow.
This method of watching TV is new and revolutionary and is already pulling in billions of viewers worldwide. I’m sure that in years to come, once people have found out how much is available online, Internet TV will become more popular than ever!