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What will TV look like in 80 years?

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The first BBC public television service was established 80 years ago today using the system developed by John Logie Baird. So what will TV look like in 80 years from now?

Mike Ryan, the founder of Fusion Futures and self-named digital futurist, predicts the collapse of channels and personalised TV and the advent of social TV which he describes as the viewer becoming the scheduler and the person who will choose when and how to watch programmes.

Dawn Airey, former chief executive of Channel Five , told the Today programme that there is an "infinite variety" of what is going to be available in terms of technology.

What is interesting, she said, is what people will be watching "and I suspect it will be very similar in terms of the content and the genres to what we're watching today".


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