No fights over the remote here!
Published 02/11/2012 | 06:00
In Jonathan Harte's family home in Dunboyne, Co Meath, there's a TV with a Sky box in the sitting room, and another with Saorview in the kitchen.
His mum or dad might be found watching either. But Jonathan, well, he's in his bedroom and he's watching TV on his laptop.
"It's handier to watch programmes on my laptop," says the third-year DCU multimedia student, "as I can also have my email or Facebook page open at the same time.
"I use the RTÉ Player and Aertv.ie," he explains. "With the RTÉ Player I know there's a library of content there that I can access whenever I want and I like that on aertv there is additional content such as TV from DCU!" he adds.
"When I was in school if Lost, for example, was on TV on a Monday night, on Tuesday everyone would be talking about it," says Jonathan. "Now, we ask each other what episode are you on or where in the series, because we're all watching at different times and days online."
But Jonathan concedes there are always TV programmes that are worth watching together. "If it's a big event like the opening of the Olympics, then I'd want to watch it on a bigger screen and with others," he admits.
Back in the Harte household, brother Luke is watching football matches via the Sky Go App on his iPad and sister Shannagh is watching 'trending' videos on her laptop via YouTube, of which, according to Jonathan, she is "a big user".
At least there'll be no fights over the remote control!