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Won’t You Be Our Neighbor? : The Evolution of Television and How It Changed the Modern Home.

Happy Monday, everyone! It’s been on and off rain at my house today, but I won’t let that stop me! We have a good, old-fashioned blog post for you today! 


The start of summer begins an inevitable bit of a dip for all businesses. School is out, leisure time is used to get out of town, festivals and carnivals pop up, and people are spending their time and money on having fun. This seems to be a problem for many industries, and across the board, companies are asking; “How can we get the numbers we need?” Not the quietest voice among industries are those involving television content. Regular seasons of many television shows are ended for the summer season, forcing viewers to watch re-runs or turn to other venues to cash in their entertainment bucks. Streaming services have tried to circumvent this by releasing their “binge-able” content during the summer months (I’m looking at you, Stranger Things 3), but so far, the viewership data from streaming services like Netflix have been difficult to come by in order to make a decision on whether or not giving content for viewers during the summer months is worth the cost to make it. 


Television is a huge part of American culture. Call it a blessing or curse on the culture, it is still a giant part of how Americans interact with each other, learn about current events, make political, religious, and social decisions, and buy products. But today, I’m talking about the invention, and how it changed the modern home. 


The concept of television broadcast dates back to 1927, and primitive theories on accomplishing moving pictures displayed over distances date back as far as the early 1800s. The electronic “television set” made to view the broadcasted images dates in various versions from 1926-1930. 

From there, the 1950s and 1960s saw the integration of colorization from purely black and white broadcasts, the 1980s saw the last of the black and white sets sold on the market, and the birth of HDTV and digital television. 

Digital television was in direct contrast to the regular analog broadcast of “regular” television, using digital and multiplexed signals to transmit images, rather than the channel separated signals analog uses. Digital television is able to compress the data transmitted, thus allowing more programs on the same channel bandwidth. 

Digital television changed the game forever. By 1990, researchers and developers agreed that having a broadcast standard of digital was possible, and integration of changing new televisions to accommodate digital signals was put into place during the late 2000s. I personally remember my parents purchasing a digital converter box for our old television set, and utilizing it for the same set long past 2015. 

Smart TVs were a natural progression with the addition of digital television. The manufacture of Smart TVs has been developed in some form since the first patent in 1994, and is set to be the norm in most American homes during the late 2010s. Smart TVs allow the addition of internet-based media such as online streaming services, as well as “traditional” broadcast television programming. Now, from your TV set, you can connect many of your web-based apps and streaming services, “cast” your videos to your TV from your phone, check on your security systems, and keep tabs on all of you favorite sites from your TV set. What more will we do with this fantastic invention? I hear Wonkavision is still a possibility (I made that up. A girl can only hope.)!


Finally, I’m sure that everyone is wondering just what the allusion to the famous Mister Roger’s Neighborhood theme song is doing in a post about home automation. Well, my personal thoughts on how Fred Rogers changed the landscape of modern public children’s broadcasting, and subsequently touched millions of lives (mine included), making a kinder, more neighborly world through his formulaic approach to teaching aside… Ingenious is endeavoring to become your neighborhood installer of home automation products through our availability on Nextdoor! If you’ve never used Nextdoor before, please check it out! It is a social media platform for neighbors in your area. Separated by zipcode, Nexdoor puts you in touch with other neighbors so that you know of things going on around you. From news about lost and found pets, to messages about yard sales, Nextdoor has it all! Ingenious has become a business on Nextdoor in order to become your recommended installer of home automation. 


Come visit Ingenious on Nextdoor! 

https://nextdoor.com/pages/ingenious-denver-co/recommend/


Read about how one show can influence multiple consumer choices, including bringing back New Coke.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/business/media/new-coke-netflix-stranger-things.html?action=click&module=RelatedCoverage&pgtype=Article&region=Footer


Read about how the way we view television content is changing. 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/blakemorgan/2019/07/05/what-is-the-future-of-television/#5571041459de


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