Changes in the IT industry

Topics: Television, Film, Television program Pages: 6 (769 words) Published: March 9, 2014

In the TV Industry!
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Major changes in TV industry in the recent 50 years!


When the Netflix app on your phone notifies you the latest episode of your

favourite TV show is available, who will wonder how much the TV industry has changed from the old black-and-white days to modern days in the recent fifty years?!


Starting from the most noticeable difference between then and now - the quantity

of production. Fifty years
ago, most TV programs are
news programs and sport
events. Few TV shows,
such as “The Andy Griffith
Show”, “My Three Sons”
and “Coronation Street”
were available back then. What’s worth mentioning is that some of these long-run TV shows, like “Coronation Street” are still available today. One thing they have in common is that the producer uses real actors and sceneries because of limitations of A picture of Coronation Street’s opening

technologies back then. No special effects were available and crews struggled with poor equipments that’s ten times larger than modern
equipments today yet provides 1/10 of the quality
available today.!


Speaking of quantity, all Programs were all in

Black and White until 1972. Televisions uses the 405-line
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television system, which was already called “high definition” at that time since its name came through comparing that with even earlier standards, not today’s modern 1080p or 4K standards. Neither stereo sound or 3D broadcasting was available on TV back then. A 405-line

That’s why people used to go to big cinemas as a social event in order to have an immersive experience of watch films.
Due to limited spaces, relatively small
cinema holds up to 3,000 people
simultaneously back then while today
even huge ones only hold 500 people
with over ten different screens.!

Technology develops rapidly. Just 20
years ago, the evolution of CGI
(Computer Generated iImagery), which
is also known as “Special Effects” in spoken language led to the form of virtual cinematography. CGI enables people to generate static or continuous images with computers. The CGI technology opened a whole new world for professional film makers, individual artists and even small companies to create whatever they want, A Poster

without being restrained by basic physics laws. However, another problem encountered Film!

with the development of CGI. - “Do we need real actors anymore?” Argue of this question goes on but based on what most of us accept, the answer is yes, and it might still be yes for a very long time. A film called “Sim0ne” discussed about the possible consequences of using virtual actors, including unclear boundaries between reality and imagination, as well as many

other ethic issues.!
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As you might have guessed correctly, CGI was brought to Television as well and

had a similar impact, just like what it had in movies. Nowadays, technology evolves every single day. There’s more and more ways to watch a TV show without actually sitting in front of an TV. Free, pirated episodes available on the internet raised copyright issues. This issue goes on

and on, but luckily was
reduced, not resolved by ondemand internet streaming
medias such as Netflix, Hulu,
etc. In certain countries like
china, many video websites
now even host authorized
movies or TV shows for free with ads.!


Beside that, everyone can make a movie or TV show with low costs today. Many

smartphones take 1080p or 4K footages and unlike before, they now can be edited on any modern desktop computer with ease because they of Moore’s law. Then, they can be uploaded to video sharing websites like Youtube or Vimeo and promoted through social medias like Twitter, Facebook or Instagram , thanks to Web 2.0 standards. All

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