How has technology influenced entertainment?

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    Without technological advances, the entertainment landscape would look very different. With no Internet, our worlds become much smaller and less connected. There can be no cryptocurrencies, no social media, and no online shopping, let alone online gambling. Music, films, and TV programs would be confined to discs and many forms of entertainment become the preserve of the rich.

    Take away the ability to broadcast through the Internet, and you reduce your audience to those who can attend an event in person or watch it through their TV screens. Without technology, there’s no remote access and no mass sharing. With that in mind, we look at two of the many ways technology has influenced entertainment.

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    Live Casino

    Live casino is a relatively recent phenomenon, but one which depends entirely on increasingly sophisticated technology. It’s a complex operation, where trained live dealers are broadcast from studios around the world in partnership with live casino sites such as Casino Gods. Players can then tune in, often any time, day or night, to play casino games such as roulette in real-time against a live dealer.

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    Such games are increasingly sophisticated, with a choice of camera angles and other features designed to create an immersive live casino experience. Dealers are sought who can speak multiple languages, such as Hindi, to attract new audiences. Game developers are partnering with studios and expanding their live dealer offering with virtual reality headsets in live game shows.

    Since India is the fifth largest mobile gaming market across the world, live casinos must also be fully mobile responsive with the best live dealer titles available in the palm of a player’s hand.

    Streaming

    It is not just games of roulette and game shows that are being streamed from studios, however.

    Streaming has been ‘a thing’ since the 1990s but exploded in the 2000s and 2010s, with the arrival of platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. These days, streaming is part of our everyday lives. Whether it’s Facebook live videos or Netflix, few of us don’t engage with streaming in some capacity. A study of 2,000 Americans conducted in April 2020 found that the average person was streaming up to eight hours a day and had binge-watched three shows in the week before they answered the survey. Netflix is also the most popular streaming app in India.

    This impact can also be seen in the world of sport, where events such as The Super Bowl and the FIFA World Cup are streamed around the world.

    Matches, races, and competitions from international leagues are streamed through thousands of PCs, tablets, and mobiles, creating new fans, followers, and customers.

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    Without streaming and other technological advances, the esports industry wouldn’t exist. Likewise, it would not be possible that the 2018 FIFA World Cup was watched by 3.572 billion people since this figure included 309.7 million who watched via digital platforms or outside their homes such as in bars or restaurants. Live streaming is also on the rise in India.

    Technology has not only changed the way we create and share content but made it accessible anywhere in the world. Technological advances continue to facilitate remote access, meaning games, sports, and sitcoms can transcend their original audiences and become universal hits.

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