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How technology is creating a revolution on TV

Tablets and catch-up have changed our viewing habits to such an extent it’s creating a sea-change in the quality of programmes that we now watch.

The days of waiting impatiently for an episode of our favourite TV shows is over. We expect to be able to enjoy them at our leisure – either bingeing on box sets or watching the episodes we’ve missed on catch-up TV.

The ability to see them on tablets on the way to work or in marathon sessions on a Sunday afternoon may mean the end of the water cooler discussions about last night’s TV, but it may have helped create better TV, says Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.

He believes the flexibility makes TV series more attractive to top writers – which in turn attracts better directors and actors.

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