New research from Ofcom, announced last week, showed that viewing habits have now changed so much that 18-24 year olds now watch TV on laptops or a PC more frequently than on a traditional TV. The modern consumer is no longer constrained by TV schedules, and the need to get home in time to watch your favourite show is now firmly a thing of the past. On demand services have been embraced by the majority of the British public, and this week Sky added 4OD to its on demand offering, meaning it is the first provider to offer catch up services from the main five UK terrestrial broadcasters. Now more than ever, home networks need to meet these changing demands. Slowly but surely smartphones and tablets are being increasingly used to view TV content. Services like Sky Go, iPlayer and Netflix have all developed sophisticated apps for viewing content on tablets and mobile devices and we are sure to see more use of these in future. For these devices, it will be even more important to have a robust and high performing wireless network to cope with multi-room viewing across several devices. With this in mind, wireless N and in the future 11.ac connectivity will be a must.
Furthermore, TV is becoming more social with more people using services like Facebook and Twitter to chat about their favourite TV shows while watching at the same time. This rise in ‘second screen’ viewing is another reason why home connectivity will be even more essential to the viewing experience in future. With the right level of wireless coverage in the home, you can be sure that the next episode of home TV will continue to deliver a seamless viewing experience.
The upcoming PS4 release shows we have come a long way from the days when you had to blow on a cartridge to make a game work. Gaming now uses staggering amounts of computing power that make an average desktop PC from the mid-90s look like an abacus by comparison. The next generation of games promises better graphics rendered in intricate detail and a more immersive, life-like landscapes than ever before. Previously this has meant all this data has had to be loaded onto a disc, but the biggest difference heralded by devices such as the PS4 is that videogames sold in physical format are going the way of CDs, DVDs and the Dodo. Future videogame releases will now be download-only and this means a monumental amount of data will need to be downloaded from the internet. Furthermore, gamers are now able to play parts of games while the game is downloading, streaming straight from the internet at the same time. For those gamers with difficulty getting wireless signal in certain parts of the house, PowerLine technology can make sure they the same gaming experience throughout the home. However, a reliable and high-speed internet connection will remain key to ensuring a great gaming experience without users having to wait years for the dreaded buffer “circle of death” to disappear.
The future of gaming is also looking to leverage the power of the cloud to bring gaming to all your devices in the home or wherever you go with an internet connection. You will be able to seamlessly stream any game that you purchase and download to your console to any internet connected device such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop. This is set to be a game changer (pardon the pun) in the market, but will all be useless if you patchy and unreliable wireless access that barely extends into the next room. So a strong wireless connection that targets your devices when you need it most is vital. Next-generation gaming is seriously breaking new ground and making greater demands on technology, but the right home wireless network you can make sure you reach the next level.
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