In 1927 the first television was invented and broadcast everything from news to soap operas. At the time, many households could not afford a TV and only the wealthy had one, and programs were only on for a couple of hours a day. By the 1930's TV began appearing across the western world and by the 1960's, TV was not unusual.
As technology improved, TV has started to become obsolete. Before people would have to watch their favorite show the night it premiered, but since the invention of the DVR, people recorded their shows and watched them later. To avoid even dealing with TV, people now rely on the internet and websites such as "Hulu" and "Netflix." In this way, they can avoid watching commercials and focus on the program. In this economy, it saves them money to watch shows off the internet because it is less costly. Many people buy their TV just for better graphics.
The internet is much more convenient for people than TV because of how quickly episodes are posted on websites. Sometimes an episode that airs on Thursday nights, is posted on Hulu on Friday mornings. Of course, not every series will be on the internet, but the majority are. In fact, I have gotten interested in shows that have aired years ago, and it's faster to watch them over the internet then wait for them to come on TV. Being able to download full length movies from the internet has turned people against watching TV. It's more affordable and easier to watch movies that are downloaded.
People would rather go on social networking sites than watch TV. They can easily meet other people, whether they be down the street or across the world. People have become hooked to the internet instead of TV. They have become aware of more shows that they would be interested in by surfing the internet, instead of surfing channels.
Cell phones are now capable of wireless internet, and it has made it easier for people to watch their shows anywhere and anytime they want. People are starting to rely on TV less and less with further advancements in technology that do not demand the use of TV.
Television has tried to counteract the developing internet by advancing the picture quality and the capabilities of the TV. Many television companies have come out with high quality picture and making the size of TVs larger to emulate the theater. Networks are bringing recent movies to TV earlier than before to attract more viewers. Despite their best efforts, viewers still prefer to watch their programs on their computers.
However, the internet is younger compared to the TV, and it still has a ways to go in terms of entertainment. I prefer to watch my favorite shows off of the internet because it's easier and much faster than TV. I don't have to wait for reruns to come on to catch up on what I have missed the week before. I can watch shows that people have recommended quicker, and I can watch whole seasons within a day. As the internet advances each year, television will soon become obsolete. Possibly, the TV will be used to aid entertainment on the internet, instead of just an alternative way to enjoy entertainment.