For a while, if you wanted to watch a hit series, or the championship boxing fight, a movie that had just been in the movie theater (months before) & most importantly, no commercials as you were watching them, HBO was THE answer. Of course you had to pay considerably higher than regular open TV or than just the regular cable package. Getting HBO was a privilege.
Then again there was also Blockbuster. Recently projected movies would take less time to hit the Blockbuster stacks than HBO. A more modest rent fee was in order than mighty HBO. Now, let’s not forget that we owe several well known phrases from these once-upon-a-timers… Series like Sex & the City (quite memorable) and the phrase “this movie is a Blockbuster”.
Now, as we come back to our time (yes people, it’s the second day of this very promising 2011), Blockbuster is out of business & HBO well, even if it’s still there to be watched, different media have taken over its high place in entertainment.
The new models we’re looking at, like Netflix instead of Blockbuster & Google TV instead of HBO, are even changing as we speak. Even with them being the leaders, we already know that in this era, 15 minutes of fame are more than enough for fads to go a-wall. So, it seems that developments are constant, even where now the idea of Social TV (coming from Social Media) will soon become a reality. Just when you thought your TV had been replaced by either your laptop or your smart phone…
Just as there is an infinity of possibilities to be done in your social network, the same can be applied to your Social Based TV. Like in this article, http://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2010/12/30/the-future-of-tv-starring-social-media/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+TheNextWeb+(The+Next+Web+All+Stories) The phrase “Couch Potato” has perhaps now taken on a new meaning.