The world of digital media doesn’t seem to be slowing any time soon and as the number of UK households with access to the internet reaches almost 90% and three in four UK adults own a smart phone, there is little area of our lives that isn’t being affected by the move to all things digital.
From the way we order our Friday night take away to the way we transfer money – digital has well and truly become an everyday part of the average Briton’s life and it is only predicted to continue growing. 2016 saw the launch of the UK’s first Digital Entertainment Festival – running alongside the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe – further highlighting just how much is influenced by the digital sphere.
As with the years before, 2016 has been another year for digital firsts and as we look forward into 2017 the way we consume our entertainment is about to undertake it’s biggest make-over yet.
Goodbye to TV Packages
2016 was the first year that some of the world’s most popular television series were never actually shown on television – but rather through apps, the internet or the ever-popular smart TVs. So many people are switching to the internet to catch their favourite shows that for the first time in it’s history the BBC made the controversial decision to charge a TV license for on demand and catch up television.
Many of the UK’s entertainment providers have been quick to jump on the digital bandwagon, launching apps and “red button” style on-demand services – however with some of the biggest names in entertainment streaming launching their own television shows, experts impatiently anticipate what British television providers will pull out the bag in 2017.
The Reduction of Highstreet Booking Shops
2016 saw the merger of two of the biggest high street bookies – which is predicted to close almost 400 booking shops up and down the country. Figures have shown that an increasing amount of revenue comes from online gambling, whilst the revenue from physical betting shops is decreasing year on year.
As the world of gambling follows the rest of the entertainment industry into the digital sphere, 2017 is thought to bring even more options to the market – and with so many attractive sign up bonuses to chose from, we can only guess that revenue from online gambling will continue to increase throughout 2017 and beyond – if you find yourself stuck sifting through the many sites, offers and bonuses www.allgamblingsites.com offers a useful guide.
Wish you Were Here
Live streaming has been available to smartphone users for a couple of years now, however as seen in 2016 the practice is becoming increasingly popular and is now available across a number of our social media platforms. Gone are the days of sharing photos of our holiday or favourite concert through various social media pages – now with live streaming we can share our experiences with loved ones, live as it happens.
In addition to the launch of live streaming across multiple platforms, 2017 is predicted to be the year VR (virtual reality) becomes part of our everyday entertainment – with smartphone users soon being able to upload their own 360 degree photos – potentially changing the way we consume entertainment for the foreseeable future.