How People Get Entertained in 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 12:56pm

Whether it is end of a long day of work, or when the family is all gathered together, or if you just have a few hours to yourself and want to unwind and relax, we Americans love our entertainment! Most U.S. households have plural televisions in them today, and most every American family has had at least one television set present for more than half a century now. In 2013, though, more and more people are joining the 21st century, and getting their entertainment in a variety of different ways, most of which are much more interactive and liberating than the traditional broadcast TV we grew up with.

Gone are the days when we are slave to the schedule set by TV broadcasting companies! Today's television viewer most likely relies on their DVR or TiVo systems, recording all the programs they want to watch, and then watching them at their leisure on their own time. But even this type of entertainment consumption is starting to be surpassed by the modern era's true entertainment platform: the internet.

The World Wide Web is home to millions and millions of video options, interactive websites, games, and more. It's no wonder that today more and more people are less concerned about what's on the TV schedule than they are about which programs they can download, and how fast their internet connection is so that they'll never be slowed down as they search for more and better entertainment. The issue is no longer "which cable or satellite company should I choose?" but rather is "which is the best internet provider for me and my family?"

Most American homes today have an internet connection, and in fact more than 75% of Americans (PDF) have had access at home for a decade now. But that high statistic notwithstanding, not all homes have reliable, high speed internet connections.

While a slower connection may be fine for checking your email and browsing various websites, video and interactive content (such as games) will make a slow connection falter fast. That means that the entertainment you and your family want might be simply too much for your slow connection!

The government has plans to make broadband internet access more widely available in the near future, but it's unclear when that will come to pass.

Regrettably, America is not even on the top ten list of the countries with the fastest internet connections available, but that doesn't mean you can't still get great, high speed internet service. What American companies do offer their customers, though, is choice such as is not available in many other regions.

It is up to the consumer to decide which is the best internet provider for them, rather than being at the mercy of a state run provider or a single company with a monopoly over service.

The best internet provider for a given household must be determined by several factors. The first, of course, is simple: availability. If you are fortunate enough to live in an area with more than one internet provider available, then you get to move on to topic number two... price.

In areas with multiple providers, the leverage is in the consumer's hands to pick the type and level of service they want, and then to make the local provider work to get their business.

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