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Will 'On Demand' kill traditional TV schedules?

Discussion in 'Music, Box Office, TV & Books' started by CliffyBiro, 22 Oct 2009.

  1. CliffyBiro


    Joined: 1 Mar 2008

    Posts: 26,305

    Now I don't mean that we'll see an end to TV schedules or that TV will become purely OD such as BTVision, but will the increasing use and improvement of features such as BBC iPlayer and 4OD soon see viewers choosing to watch most programmes online at a time of their choosing rather than having to adhere to a schedule?

    Personally, I rarely watch 'Live' TV anymore, with around 80% of my viewing being online. The only normal TV I watch being football or the repeats on Dave, and even then I'll usually watch this through TVCatchup.com.

    How about you? Do you watch more live TV or choose to watch it when you want online?

    A poll would be nice please dons.
  2. Werewolf


    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 29,131

    Location: Panting like a fiend

    On Demand won't kill normal broadcast TV for a very long time, it has to reach the point where it's as easy to use as normal TV to do that which alone will take a long time (although the BBC's Project Canvas would be a good start from what I understand*), and the average net connection to reach the point where it can sustain 2-3 TV streams with ease ;)

    Personally I currently watch about 50/50 for planned viewing, split between Virgin's OD/DVD's etc, and broadcast TV, but also have the TV on a lot in the background for news/unplanned stuff.

    *It's a proposal for a standardised IPTV gateway/set of features/ui for STB's I believe.
  3. DreadNiK


    Joined: 20 Mar 2006

    Posts: 692

    I haven't watched broadcast tv much at all for a few years now....and when I do and it is non-bbc, adverts drive me mad (and when it is bbc, the fact it is bbc drives me mad). Presumably if I did download all my tv and watch it that way I wouldn't be allowed to talk about that fact here?

    Not really a sports fan, if I was I guess I would watch live sport.
  4. meghatronic


    Joined: 24 Nov 2002

    Posts: 16,379

    Location: 38.744281°N 104.846806°W

    All non-BBC broadcasted tv is Sky+'d here and watched back later. E.g. X factor with an advert every 8 minutes.

    My tv license fee is, in my opinion so worth it for no adverts, good documentaries and iPlayer.
  5. Antar Bolaeisk


    Joined: 19 Dec 2006

    Posts: 9,279

    Location: Saudi Arabia né Donegal

    I can't remember the last time I watched live tv but then I don't watch very much anyways. Currently I'm watching both Fringe and Stargate Universe, both through Skyplayer, and I think it's a brilliant service. I just have to remember to turn off all the kontiki crap after use though.

    Eventually it will kill traditional tv schedules, especially when ipv6 gets kicked into high gear, but not yet. I'd imagine that it'll take another 5 years for this type of viewing will become the norm.
    Last edited: 22 Oct 2009
  6. jakeke


    Joined: 8 Jan 2006

    Posts: 8,267

    Location: sheffield

    I am all for OD TV, I like to watch things when I'm in the mood to watch them or I have the time. I watch football live though
  7. Muban


    Joined: 27 Dec 2002

    Posts: 7,036

    Location: Inverness

    :oI still watch most TV live. That said I don't watch that much TV, so what I do watch is something I really want to see and want to see right away. I suppose it's also a factor that my TV is much better quality and bigger than my monitor so prefer to watch it on that anyway. Now and again I watch Iplayer etc. but usually only when I have missed something I intended to watch. I actually tend to forget about watching it on demand then remember about it by which time it's not available anymore :o

    The majority of people I know watch most of their TV on the TV and not on demand. I think it's going to be a very long way off for this to be the norm. I think people sometimes forget what type of forum this is, people here will probably have higher spec PCs/Monitor/cinema setups than the average person.
  8. starfighter


    Joined: 4 Aug 2008

    Posts: 4,934

    Location: Manchester.

    I think people like the social aspect of having watched the same thing. People can talk about it the next day, especially stuff like Stricty and that tosh.

    It will be in HD and still be used with PVRs so it is still almost on demand. Not everyone can stream HD.

    I think for TV OD to take of fully there needs to be a central platform or standard or atleast some kind of better flash technology for the players.