Something that I found quite interesting about the history of the internet is the development of ‘Internet Television’.
Television on the internet has been around for a good few years now, while it might feel as though we’ve been able to watch television online for years now, it’s still something that’s continuing to expand in terms of both service providers and users.
The first Internet television service provider was a website called ‘Hulu’. This was website created by various American television broadcasting companies (ABC, NBC and FOX) in order to make it easier for their audiences to catch up on television shows they may have missed.
Internet television has developed massively with pretty much all major television networks having some kind online facility allowing the general public to pick and choose when they watch certain shows. Netflix and Amazon Prime have also become major players in the internet television industry. With more and more of these service providers popping up, audiences are now spoiled for choice in a variety of different television shows and films to choose from. This has lead to these websites producing their own exclusive television series’ which have proven to be popular among audiences and critics alike.
While internet television was something that was initially created to make it easier for audiences to catch up on shows they’d missed, it’s clear that the concept has developed since then and I’m sure will continue to develop as time goes on.