Sky announced that its customers will soon be able to get all of its TV services over the internet, potentially signalling the end of the satellite dish. The antennas have featured on the walls and roofs of British homes for the past 40 years, but as more people choose to watch programmes on streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, rather than traditional channels, their use is declining. There are a number of everyday household items that have become increasingly redundant as technology has advanced. Below, we name some that have become obsolete over the past decade.
VHS / DVD players
VHS cassettes and players have been almost entirely eliminated from the home. In the US, for instance, there are no brick-and-mortar retailers
that still stock VHS videos, instead focusing only on DVD and Blu-ray discs.
But those too are falling out of favour. With more people watching film and TV online, through services such as Netflix, which now has 117.58 million streaming subscribers around the globe, DVDs are increasingly being left untouched on the shelves.
While desktop computers are still used primarily by businesses across the country, in the home more people are opting for laptops, tablets, and smartphones, which are easier to transport and usually a fair bit cheaper.
Video cameras were once an essential for British families on holiday, but they are rarely used today.Figures by market research firm Mintel show that sales of digital cameras declined by 29pc between 2006 and 2011, and have fallen further since, with the advent of smartphones meaning many people are choosing to snap pictures and take videos on those instead.
The landline phone is gradually being phased out of use as more people rely on their mobile phones. While 78pc of UK homes still have a landline phone, according to figures from Statista, the majority use a mobile as their main method of making and receiving calls.
For 76 years, analogue terrestrial TV was the method most people in the UK used to watch television. But between 2007 and 2012 it was phased out and replaced by digital terrestrial TV, with the £630m switchover project starting in Cumbria and ending in Northern Ireland.