The transformation of the living room into a 'digital hub'

People gather around a television in their living room in the mid 50s. Credit: Press Association Images

Despite modern perceptions that tablets and mobile devices have overtaken traditional televisions, research by Ofcom has found that living room television is "making a comeback".

However, there are an increasing array of digital media devices vying for families attentions in the living room.

So how has the traditional living room transformed into a "digital media hub"?

30 years ago, television owners used to have just four channels to choose from which they may have had to change manually.

A family watches television in their living room in the 1960s. Credit: Press Association
A family watches television in their living room in the mid 50s. Credit: Ofcom

The evolution of satellite television and technology means viewers now have hundreds of channels at their disposal with the ability to flick between and around remotely.

Viewers can now remotely flick through hundreds of channels. Credit: Press Association Images

Homes which used to be dominated by VHS or Betamax now utilise high quality Blu-ray players and video on demand services.

A person loading a VHS player. Credit: Press Association Images
A 3D blu ray player. Credit: Press Association Images

The trend of 'media meshing' - whereby activities such as tweeting or texting relating to the programme being watched are carried out on other devices - has led to an increased use of smart phones and tablets in the living room.

The living room has been transformed into a modern 'digital hub' with mobile devices bringing viewers back to the communal area. Credit: Ofcom

People are streaming videos, sending instant messages and updating their social media status whilst watching television more than ever before.

Tablets are also supporting the continued popularity of watching TV live. Credit: PA

With technology continuing to evolve, the television habits of the next generation may tell a different story.