Changes in technology over the past few decades have influenced the way many people spend their leisure time. Now you no longer have to be in at a certain time to catch your favourite TV show: you can watch again, watch online or even download new episodes for a fee.
HD recorders and on-demand services mean we have greater access than ever before to a range of entertainment.
Online DVD rental and download sites mean you can access entertainment without even leaving the house.
Providers such as Apple and Netflix allow users to download the latest DVD releases for a small charge. Users can watch the films on their computers a limited number of times before they expire.
● What do you think are the advantages of these new ways of watching films and TV?
● Where does the money users pay for these services go to, do you think?
● Some sites offer the same services or downloads but for free. What problems might be associated with this?
● Who do you think loses out when money is not paid for film downloads?
There are many ways of accessing entertainment from home. A wealth of television channels showing a range of topics can be accessed by viewers, some for free, and some for a fee.