How much time do you spend in your living room? The chances are that you have made a great effort to make your living as comfortable as possible, as you probably spend a considerable amount of time there. From watching TV to watching movies to simply putting your feet up and relaxing – the living room is where everybody can let their hair down after a long hard day at work.
With the fast pace that technology has been developing in the recent years, however, the living has become transformed. Indeed, the living room has even transcended physical boundaries, hence the term “digital living room”. Go to your living, and take a look around. How many gadgets and devices are there that are essential to your everyday flow?
The guys at GPlus have created an infographic detailing the impact of technological advance on our living rooms. ((GPlus)) The infographic is titled “Welcome to the Digital Living Room”, and it details events and statistics starting from June 12, 2009, when Congress ushered in a new digital era by slating it as the last day that TV stations can broadcast in analog. Obviously, this may not apply to some countries (mine included), so bear in mind that the data used for the infographic is mainly applicable to the United States.
Another marker for the digital living room is the DVR, or digital video recorder. I don’t own one, but I can very well see why people who like watching TV get one. The leading brand in this market is, unsurprisingly, TiVo. And guess what? Based on a Nielsen survey, people watch science fiction most on DVRs.
We also cannot discount the impact of online video in the digital living room. Ask yourself how many times you watch videos online on a daily basis. You probably cannot count! In October 2011 alone, 201.4 billion videos were watch online (global data)! Again, unsurprisingly, YouTube is the leader in this arena.
Other major players include Hulu and Netflix, as well as Yahoo. Then there is the fact that viewers multitask while watching their favorite show/videos. We really cannot discount the ubiquitousness of mobile phones.
Take a look at the infographic, and see if you are part of the statistics.