I'm smack in the middle of Gen X. When I was growing up, we had a remote with volume, power and channel control on it. We had a regular TV, but there was no such thing as a DVR. Video tape recorders were out by the time I was in high school, but there were lots of jokes about how it took an engineer to figure out how to program one. Makes my wonder why I followed the career path I am on.
"Fast Forward to" (Gen X) "Skip to" (Gen Y+) current times.
I now have two daughters. Both have nice smart phones. We also have a 4k Smart TV with an Apple TV and a Cable DVR. I have no problems using any of the devices, but grumble about how the DVR programmers must have never heard about global variables.
Here are some other observations:
The interface on the Cisco DVR is poor. My youngest daughter (8th grade honors math when she should be in 5th grade, but skipped a year) has figured out the interface, but hates using it because it's "stupid." She prefers using the Apple TV and has mastered the art of changing the Input on the Smart TV to it.
My oldest Daughter (all honors courses too) took a while to figure out the way to switch the smart TV input (2 different remotes) to the Apple TV (one mediocre touch pad remote plus a Bluetooth Keyboard.)
My wife... Magna Cum Laude at UofA and now a 2nd grade teacher... lost it when the Tivo came out.
All three of them watch videos a lot. All of them use their smartphones. Seldom do my daughters use the TV.
I wouldn't call it even a Hypothesis, but it seems like the era of the big screen TV at home is waning. Perhaps if TV's and content were tied together as cleanly as shown on the TV show "The Expanse," then things would be different. I understand why content companies want to keep full control over their work, and why electronics companies want exclusivity which makes working with other devices harder, but we have a lot of work to do to keep large TV's and content made for them relevant.