Firstly sorry for being quiet on my blog but I've had surgery so haven't really had time to write or do much. But today I'm feeling a bit more human and so wanted to write this blog post that I thought would be interesting.
Everyone owns a television, nearly everyone in the UK has access to the Internet these days, but soon it will be the norm to watch the Internet on your TV. We have an Xbox One which has a number of apps (much like Windows 8 looks funnily enough) including Twitch, YouTube and Netflix to name a few. So now we have access to stuff normally accessed via our computer right here on our television.
My son has his own XBox account, we have set it up so he can access Minecraft and Netflix (Kids only) but to gain access to YouTube he needs an adult. For a long time he has used this console for Netflix and Minecraft but he realised he didn't need the iPad to watch YouTube (which was only with me nearby to be sure he watched safe stuff) he could do it on the Xbox One with our permission.
We had found some child friendly YouTube channels over the time and recently he is glued to two channels: Stampy Cat and iBallisticSquid. Since he started watching them he has gone on to his world in Minecraft and created all sorts. He's made his own home, made torches, smelted iron, turned the iron in to armour and even figured out what tools are for what. I have to say I'm impressed!
So is YouTube going to take over the TV? Well I have to say it could well do so. Whilst we pay our TV license I've not watched BBC or TV in general for 6 months now. Infact when I go on iPlayer I see nothing I want to watch but I go on YouTube and there's channels who are so professional they are essentially a TV channel with their own shows.
I will use one of my favourite channels as an example: Geek & Sundry. I'm hooked on their channel and they do some great shows. Some stuff is similar to The Guild (also a Felicia Day creation which I enjoyed) and others are Let's Play videos. But they are professionally done to a level you'd think this was essentially a TV channel available on the Internet. With the bonus of you can watch shows whenever you feel like it. There's no schedule, you don't have to watch Table Top followed by Co-Optitude. You can free to watch whatever, whenever and however.
What do you think? Are the likes of YouTube bringing content that TV channels just don't have? Are your kids still in to Television shows or is there a Netflix or YouTube channel they love? Leave a comment, love to find out!
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