So Television Really Was a Fad

TechCrunch’s Arrington writes that Television is dead.  From that post: “The key tipping point will be when a startup is able to distribute proper television content over the Internet legally. People will begin to abandon their cable tv subscriptions in favor of Internet distribution.” 

The only argument I have with this statement is that there doesn’t have to be a startup.  Last year I wrote a post titled “A New Media Model” where I discussed how the media producers could simply cut out the middle men and deliver content directly to consumers.  I really don’t want a new middle man to take the place of the old one, I want flatter distribution, and I want choices about what content I receive, when I receive it, and how I can use it. 
As a side note, until devices like Apple’s ITV are commonplace, efforts in this arena are going to fall flat.  I’ve watched missed episodes of some of our favorite shows on our computer and it just isn’t the same.

1 thought on “So Television Really Was a Fad”

  1. Seriously, if you have the choice and library to support such a move I would be the first in line. I would like to be able to program an evening of Viewing.
    Based on a subscription like cable but programming is done by me and the content library vast and huge(every show ever made) is also there. No DRM schemes. Content is either streamed or provided real time. Central server with extenders located in the various locations. Standard based connectivity.
    One other thing, standard programming will still be available but if you want to watch LOST S1 EP13, you search and watch. Think of the shows that could be brought back to life because they were always shown in a crappy time slot and no one ever caught on to it.

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