Five Possible Futures for How We Watch Television

TV is changing, whether the cable companies and networks want to acknowledge it or not. Many think the format will disappear, but me? I think it’s going to evolve. Here are five possible scenarios I see for the future of TV. Some are great, some have problems and some are stupid. Check them out below:

1. It Stays Exactly the Same

This isn’t really a viable option lest TV collapse altogether. We’re now reaching a point where young people don’t even buy cable because Netflix and Hulu Plus are good enough online. Older people are starting to feel ripped off as well, and so change is in the air. But is it? TV has been going strong in its current format for a long while now, and it’s tough to imagine the traditional broadcast channel model going away any time soon.

2. We Pay by the Channel

This is an option that many suggest, as right now we  all pay a ton of money a month while we watch only 5% of our channels 5% of the time. Shouldn’t we get to choose the channels we like? The problem with that is that each channel by itself would probably be pretty pricy (its way cable channels are so expensive) as they’re not being supported by those who don’t want them. In the end, you might be paying $50 for four channels when $20 would just get you the full line-up of 200.

3. We Pay by the Show

This goes one step further and allows for the idea that consumers could simply pay when they wanted to watch a show. It’s how itTunes. This is a great model for a few reasons, namely greatly lowered costs, but it leads to another question. How do new shows get discovered? It would have to be entirely through word of mouth, as at least being on a network guarantees SOME viewers, but who’s going to pay $2 to watch a show no one has ever heard of?

4. HBO Go Becomes the Model

HBO Go is the best way I’ve seen for a channel to bridge the gap between TV and the internet, and I think this is the best possible option. Subscribing to the network (as seen in option 2) gives you access to not only the channel, but EVERY show in its library, viewable on any device you have, be it the TV or your PC or an iPad. It’s truly fantastic and I think it’s the way we should be headed.

5. Piracy Destroys TV Altogether

This is what the cable companies would have you believe, but it will never be the case. Yes, there’s a lot of TV piracy, but the numbers are hugely overstated and don’t actually translate to lost sales. Sometimes people may download a show even if they DO have cable, just because they forgot to record it, or they want to see something that was on a while ago. That said, many non-subscribers pirate because cable is just TOO  EXPENSIVE as seen in option 1, and this is why a change could really help combat piracy.

Leave a Reply

The Voice Season 11 Preview
Night Two of The Voice Season 11 Knockouts: Eliminations Made Simple
The Voice season 11 knockouts
The Voice Season 11 Knockouts Premiere & Yield Some Painful Losses….
The Rise of Quality Television in the Last 20 Years
Supernatural Season 12 Episode 2: “Mamma Mia”
Will & Kate: Love, Looks and Body Language
Angelina Jolie Files for Divorce from Brad Pitt
Deadshot and Harley
‘Suicide Squad’ Sets More Box Office Records, Beats ‘Civil War’
Archive 81
‘Archive 81’: An Interview with the Creators of the Horror Audio Drama, Daniel Powell & Marc Sollinger
The Accountant
The Accountant: Math, Violence and a lot of Swearing.
The Fabulous Movie History of the Iconic Little Black Dress
Five Movies to Watch Before They Leave Netflix in October
Fall Movie Preview: 10 Movies to Look Forward to for the Rest of 2016
Kehlani, "Gangsta"
Check Out the New Music Video for Kehlani’s ‘Gangsta’ from ‘Suicide Squad!’
Suicide Squad: The Album
‘Suicide Squad’ Soundtrack Is the Best of the Summer: Review
Jared Leto as the Joker
Jared Leto Returns as Joker in ‘Purple Lamborghini’ Music Video for ‘Suicide Squad!’
Galactic Empire
Why Star Wars Fans Should Be Paying Attention to Galactic Empire
Sports News
The Best Lessons From the 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony
The Top Five Moments in NBA Playoffs History
Your Official Guide to Watching the Masters Tournament on TV
Austin X Games
X Games Austin 2016 Has an Amazing Sports and Music Lineup

Get more stuff like this
in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.