OLED TVs: a look into the future

OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) TVs use organic materials that emit light when they are applied electricity, but they do not need backlight. These televisions are thus brighter but at the same time more efficient, thinner and feature better refresh rates and contrast. The first company to develop this kind of technology was LG, but now we can find these televisions in order companies, like Samsung.

OLED materials were discovered back in 1960, but only in the past 20 years or so have researchers started to actually work on the technology. Now, OLED technology is very related to 4K definition and more cool stuff, like flexible, rollable and transparent TVs. LG is developing a 4K rollable TV. This will indeed give TV designers a freedom of design and totally redefine the TV of the future.

On Netflix and piracy

Netflix is one of the most clear alternatives when it comes to Internet TV. It is probably the most known OTT (Over-the-top) video provider and its success in the United States has led to its expansion all over the world. The best result of Netflix landing in different countries is how it affects the use of piracy in order to access movies and TV shows. Usually, the months following the birth of Netflix in a new area experience a drop in Internet piracy.

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Download Internet Traffic in North America

It is true that Netflix was founded in the late 90s, but their service then was way different, and less convenient. For those who don’t know, Netflix started offering DVD rentals and sales in 1998. It wasn’t until 2007 that they began offering video streaming in the way we know today, and the popularity it has reached started raising a few years ago. That’s precisely the moment in which the downloads in North America began changing the source, from a 30% for OTT video to the 61% we got last year.

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Piracy of movies and TV shows in Australia

Another case is Australia. The ‘Netflix effect’ here is clear. The service arrived to Australia in March, 2015. According to a poll from the IP Awareness Foundation, for the first time in years, in 2015 the piracy not only stopped raising, but even dropped. Just 25% of Australians aged 18-64 recognized using piracy in 2015, when the number was 29% in 2014, the year before Netflix appeared in the country.

A few days ago, and responding to a ‘threat’ already made in January, Netflix cut down the access to Netflix US from Canada. Before this happened, many Canadians used a VPN to get into the American version of Netflix because the content is different. Netflix was not happy with this and put a whole team working on a way to stop them from doing so. It will be interesting to see the effects of this in the Canadian piracy -maybe we will notice a rise in illegal actions again?

What seems obvious is that Netflix will change the traditional TV market in ways that we are just beginning to imagine. Even though it is positive that Netflix fights piracy wherever they go, they also make old TV less attractive, especially for young users. With subscriptions growing every month, a lot of people are beginning to see traditional TV, which offers less options, unnecessary.