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Americans bid farewell to TV sets

Television, also known as the second screen, is declining in terms of ownership in America. Thanks to the digital revolution, as the New York Times reports quoting Nielsen. It suggests two reasons.

One is poverty: some low-income households no longer own TV sets, most likely because they cannot afford new digital sets and antennas.

The other is technological wizardry: young people who have grown up with laptops in their hands instead of remote controls are opting not to buy TV sets when they graduate from college or enter the work force, at least not at first. Instead, they are subsisting on a diet of television shows and movies from the Internet.

Embedding FM radio in the mobile handsets is a standard phenomenon today. Planting a digital TV screen in the mobile depends on how the chips, antenna, display and battery are developed. Once it happens, the world will be different.


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