In early days, local TV stations we’re seen as our only source of entertainment that was even before colored Television screens came into existence. You would find both the elderly and youths gathered in the living room watching TV while chatting away, even though there was limited channels being aired on the screen, it was more than enough for every family. Years later, colored TVs came into existence and more channels were created which meant more entertainment for viewers. DVDs weren’t invented until the late 90s, they weren’t even called DVDs, the players of those times made use of cassettes. Even with VCDs invention, that didn’t stop viewers from watching local TV programs, the main reason why it became limited was when the internet was created.
The internet contains websites that gives audience access to updated information just like News on TV, viewers can follow trending news on sites such as punch, BBC and the rest. There is also the presence of YouTube platform to provide interesting shows, most viewers didn’t see the need to always be in front of their TVs anymore. With Technology advancement, users can use their mobile phones to watch anything, ranging from movies to 10pm News without having to rush home to meet up with soap operas. We could say that the main factor that has affected viewing local television recently technology. Aside phones, there are decorder also known as cable TV, these channels are a lot more modernized. These Decorders offers interesting channels for all, they are categorized into different genre and focuses on showing only contents from that category. For example, the channel called “Nickelodeon” was created to show entertaining children shows, cartoons with fun teenage activities, the channel focuses on just that.
This is unlike local TV were contents from different categories would be shown on one channel, for instance, TVC will have time to broadcast news, cartoons, soaps and sports. There are over 10 different sport channels on cable TVs with live games, you can choose to just watch sports on a channel till evening and achieve it without any cartoons showing up.
A study in 2017 shows that the percentage of people watching Local Television News viewers have decreased since the internet came into being. Another research conducted on ages 6 to 12 years, 15 to 25 years and 50 years above shows only 5 percentage children, 30 percent youths with 60 percent Adults watch Local TV. Many have decided to get information and entertainment from their mobile phones with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter including Instagram. Teenagers basically live operating their Mobile phones, it is almost impossible to see a teenager and young adult not doing one or two things on mobile, this is why there are no opportunities to watch Television.