TV watching revolution

TV screen with grass as pictureIt may be hard to believe, but once upon a time people in this country had only four TV channels to choose from. This number increased when Channel 5 was launched, but I was very young at the time and I can’t remember that happening; however, just look at what we have now – literally hundreds of channels hitting our screens.

Nowadays TV signals arrive via satellite dishes, through cables and even via the old-fashioned TV aerial. We are not even restricted to watching the myriad of programmes available on our TV set; we can also watch our favourite shows, televised sports, movies, documentaries or whatever else takes our fancy on a PC, tablet or smartphone. Without doubt there has been a real revolution in the way we all watch TV.

The number of channels we can watch is determined by the amount of money we are prepared, or able, to pay for the privilege. If you are strapped for cash, like me, there are cheaper and even free ways to enjoy that televisual experience.

Freeview and Freesat allow you to watch your television for free. Freeview works with an aerial and Freesat with a satellite dish. You will have to buy the boxes, of course, but they aren’t very expensive, unless you want them to include such things as a recording facility.

If you don’t mind paying a subscription, but don’t won’t to pay a lot, there are various packages available. If you select the least expensive package you will naturally only be able to watch a limited number of channels, but even then there should be more than enough to keep you happy.

It can all get very expensive when you select the sport and movie packages. BT is showing Premier League football this season; if it’s not too dear, I might go for it.

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