Living in the digital, or information, age is interesting. On the one hand, if you were an early adopter of tech – and most bloggers are – it feels like your time has come. On the other, those of us who were ahead of the curve for a long time can now feel like the curve has flown right past us. With every new development it sometimes seems like we’re holding on for dear life.
One problem that a lot of us face is the sheer pace of new releases and new tech. There is now a very definite arms race between tech providers. “Oh, they think they’re so clever with their high-speed internet. Let’s see how they like our REALLY VERY HIGH SPEED Internet!”
And as the consumer, it’s good for us but at the same time it’s hard to know which way to jump. Often our tech purchases need to last awhile, because they aren’t cheap. But do we then accept that they’ll be obsolete as soon as the leaves change color? Or do we decide that we’ll get a set-up that suits us, and we’ll upgrade the next time we feel we really need to? For most, it’s the latter.
TV: Hey, Remember When Schedules Were A Thing?
If you still watch TV at the time the listings magazines give, you’re in a minority. Now that we can record via our satellite or cable boxes, that’s exactly what most of us are doing. Some of us straight out bypass that option as well, choosing to pick up our favorite shows on demand. Basically, watching it at the time it’s on is limited to sport and talent show finals.
It does mean we have to kill friends for telling us spoilers (don’t laugh, I’m running out of places to bury them), but that’s the cost of progress. We are watching TV and movies, more than ever, using streaming services, allowing the “binge watch” to become part of life.
Your Internet Service: Time To Upgrade?
Of course, for many of the aforementioned streaming services, and for a lot of other entertainment options, you need the right tech. Having a fast internet connection is more or less indispensable if you want streamlined entertainment.
As so many people are getting their TV, music and news updates digitally, speed is paramount. If you have a cable service, chances are it runs a tad slow for this. You may need to consider fiber-optic. Companies such as Frontier internet are pushing the envelope to give better, faster service. Without faster connections, all the new tech developments are going to pass a lot of people by.
Most of the TV you watch for the next decade will come through either a streaming service or a network’s On Demand shows. Before too long, this will be the focus of networks and studios, to the detriment of older ways. So now is the time to improve your service, and get up to date with how entertainment is delivered. And then the next time you upgrade should be whenever you feel like it.