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An international magazine for learners of English has asked its readers to submit a review of a book they found particularly useful or enjoyable. You may include any genre: novel, poetry, biography, textbook, cookery-book, manual….)


After reading the following article, you have been asked to write an information sheet for older people on how to get the best out of their new televisions.


Smart TV: Is it old fashioned dumb TV made more complicated?

At the recent 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, manufacturers showed off their various visions for the future of TV watching.  Despite some minor differences in approach, all of them shared a central idea of expanded content selection and anytime delivery grouped under the handy nickname of “smart TV.”

This catchy but ambiguous concept encompasses on-demand streaming, intelligent recording capabilities and access to non-traditional video archives like YouTube.  It promises a world of greater choices and audience empowerment. But as this technological ship begins to sail, it’s worth remembering the old adage to be wary of what you want, because you may get it.

All Those Channels, But…

For those of us who grew up watching TV before cable, home satellite dishes arrived on the scene, lack of viewing choice is a clear and unhappy memory.  Back then, a good rooftop antenna might get you all six — six! — of the available channels. Bad weather might mean no clear TV that night and an early bedtime.

As cable TV gained ground in the 1970s and 80s, your choices multiplied into dozens, and when the VCR debuted, you were no longer tied to pre-determined viewing times.  Then came video rental shops, then satellite TV and hundreds more choices, followed by digital broadcasting and through the rise of broadband, the world of Internet TV.  The old cry of “hundreds of channels and nothing to watch” finally rang hollow


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