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Watching television online wasn't an option prior to 2005. In the early days of network television, viewers had to be in front of the televisions when a show aired or risk missing it. That changed in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the invention of the videocassette recorder. In the late 1990s, the addition of the digital video recorder to satellite and cable services increased the freedom of television viewers to record their shows for delayed viewing.

Taking Television Online

In 2005, the personal computer could be found in more than seventy percent of homes while Internet speeds verged on broadband standards allowing for high-speed transfers of data. A Greek company launched the first Internet television channel and Apple's iTunes music service added videos and television episodes for purchasable download. From 2005 to 2006, iTunes users could purchase individual episodes for the most popular shows (past and present) as they became available.

Between 2006 and 2007, several more online services began offering viewable episodes online via streaming. The service was spotty, but as new video players were developed, the major networks including ABC, NBC and CBS entered with online streaming. In 2009, viewers could catch the previous night's episode online via the network's website. Services such as HULU offered subscriptions where viewers could search their favorite series and see them streamed in one location.

Online Goes All the Time

In addition to watching television shows via the Internet, smart phones and digital tablets entered the fray. Amazon positioned itself to compete with services like Hulu Plus (which required a subscribers fee versus the free Hulu which offered commercials) and iTunes by offering Amazon Unbox, a digital streaming and download service where viewers could buy a whole season (similar to the iTunes season pass) or purchase episode by episode.

The competition for online viewership rose sharply as commercial revenue from associated video watching and revenue generated by selling episodes helped to offset the decline in television watching habits.

TV Time Anytime

Online television viewing allows viewers to set their own primetime schedule, catch up with their programs while traveling, working, or exercising. Networks and television programmers continue to adapt to this new delivery system that appeals to the American on the move. Most programs available via their networks are only available in the most recent five aired and must be watched with commercials. Cable and subscriber television have also made online offerings available, but viewers must login with their cable or satellite subscription logins to watch.

Watching online means the viewer controls their schedule, watching what they want, when they want, where they want.

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Watching television online wasn't an option prior to 2005. In the early days of network television, viewers had to be in front of the televisions when a show aired or risk missing it. That changed in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the invention of the videocassette recorder. In the late 1990s,...

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