Evolution of Home Entertainment [infographic]

January 31, 2018 | 65 views

This infographic looks at the history of home entertainment, the human experience at each stage and the desires that drove the next evolutionary phase in entertainment technology.People have been sharing stories and songs for millennia, but accessing entertainment without attending a live performance is a new development in our culture.

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