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Is Television overtaking Cinema?

TelevisionSet.jpgThe question has been asked for some time now and every year seems to be coming to the fore more and more and being posed in different ways. Is television overtaking cinema? Is it producing better quality and more interesting stories than cinema can hope to deliver? Is it a better return for studios and production companies?

I know I’m watching more television shows than I ever have and I’m finding a lot more gratification from them than I am from many films I’m seeing, but seeing a great thriller in those two hours on a big screen or a home cinema still takes some beating for me.

Yet I can’t deny that there’s more talk of television shows that I’ve heard over films, both in my circles of friends and in my social media circles, even from the people who talk about films all the time many conversations are beginning and ending with television series. The question itself is being seen more and more and asked again and again.

How do you see it? Is Television overtaking Cinema?

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