What do you think the TV viewing experience will be for viewers in 2020? – Blog Task 6

TV viewing is always changing. From the first time the television first came out very few people owned a television. However it became really popular in 1953, which was the year of Queen Elizabeth II coronation. It has been stated that this was the day television had changed. [1] It was said it was watch by more people on television than listened to on the radio[2] .In the UK alone nearly 8 million people watched at home in the living rooms, while another 11.5 million crowed in neighbouring houses, pubs, town halls and cinemas to watch. Jump to 2010 at least two thirds of British households owned about three televisions, which are found in bedrooms, kitchens, as well as living rooms[3]. Which I feel is showing how watching television is no longer a family activity but something people now like doing in their own spaces, for example in my household we watch from our tablets, phones or one person will be watching the TV. In a BBC article from 2014 it stated that the number of TV’s in household has dropped for the first time. It says that more people are viewing on devices such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops and game consoles. Ofcom said ‘TV-owning households dropped by 300,000 between the end of 2012 and the end of 2013, from 26.33 million to 26.02 million. Nearly one million of the homes without a TV set do have Internet access.’[4]


Then this brings me to answering the question what will television viewing be like in the year 2020. In the year 2016 most people are using their TV’s more for playing game consoles such as Xbox, PlayStations, Wii and etc. Shown in the BARB viewing report[5] of 2016 the graph on page 9 shows what most people use a TV for it ranges from watching TV such as Sky STB, Virgin Media, catch up TV and gaming. The report also shows that people between the ages 16-24 use TV sets more game consoles.

I believe by 2020 most television channels/programs will move online similar to what BBC3 did earlier this year. Another example of television moving online would competition such as Youtube, Netflix, Amazon Prime and other websites like it.

“Digital video will overtake television to become the single largest way people spend their free time before the end of this decade,”

Something that all these website e.g. Youtube, Netflix and Amazon prime have in common is that they can all be used on mobile phones, tablets or devices that can be taken way making it easier for people to watch programs and movies on the go, and find everything e.g. TV series in one place. 75.5% of Netflix subscribers said that feel that Netflix will replace TV in upcoming years.[6] SVOD (subscription video on demand) is now growing rapidly in UK homes. Mostly 24% of UK homes have Netflix or Amazon Prime.


I think that SVOD will take over traditional programming and watching, because with SVOD such as Netflix you can find a variety of different programs and movies which are available 24/7 at your ledger anywhere you happen to be. I also think that they will over take traditional TV because SVOD’s are all creating popular originals such as on Netflix you have originals such as Orange is the New Black, Luke Cage, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt which entice people to get them because they so exclusive to the certain SVOD.


ANON (2016) Our annual exploration of the UK’s viewing habits A P R I L 2 0 1 6. Available at: http://www.barb.co.uk/download/?file=/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/BARB-Viewing-Report-2016.pdf (Accessed: 28 November 2016).

2016, B. (2016) The UK television landscape report. Available at: http://www.barb.co.uk/tv-landscape-reports/netflix-taking-over/ (Accessed: 28 November 2016).

BBC (2014) Number of UK homes with TVs falls for first time. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30392654 (Accessed: 28 November 2016).

de Castella, T. (2013) How the Coronation kick-started the love of television. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22688498 (Accessed: 28 November 2016).

Graham, J. (2016) Digital video to surpass TV by 2020, says YouTube’s Kyncl. Available at: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2016/01/07/ces-2016-digital-video-surpasses-tv-by-decades-end—youtube/78444510/ (Accessed: 27 November 2016).

Moran, J. (2013) Why Elizabeth II’s 1953 Coronation is the day that changed television. Available at: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-06-02/why-elizabeth-iis-1953-coronation-is-the-day-that-changed-television (Accessed: 28 November 2016).

Priest, D. (2016) Can Netflix replace traditional TV? 76% of subscribers say yes. Available at: https://www.cnet.com/news/can-netflix-replace-traditional-tv-76-percent-of-subscribers-say-yes/ (Accessed: 27 November 2016).

Roberts, L. (2010) Two thirds of British households have three televisions. Available at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/8049892/Two-thirds-of-British-households-have-three-televisions.html (Accessed: 27 November 2016).

[1] http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-06-02/why-elizabeth-iis-1953-coronation-is-the-day-that-changed-television

[2] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22688498


[4] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30392654

[5] http://www.barb.co.uk/download/?file=/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/BARB-Viewing-Report-2016.pdf

[6] https://www.cnet.com/news/can-netflix-replace-traditional-tv-76-percent-of-subscribers-say-yes/


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