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Has the Internet Really Killed Television?

Updated on February 9, 2012
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Those days when Television was our best pal are slowly fading away. The way how we seek for entertainment is constantly changing, but TV - not so much. Well, it's not the same as it was in 1950s, but there hasn't been a huge progress either. So, is this the end of the TV, as we know it?

The Internet Has Killed TV

The predictions of tech gurus' that TV just won't survive in a battle against the Internet are actually coming true. While the web has so much information and entertainment in it, TV still isn't as user friendly as it should be. With cable companies consumers are stuck to streaming or 'live' channels with little or no option of video rental. And since the Internet has taught us that we should be able to watch everything when and where we want to, this is a big problem.

Over the decades the TV experience has barely changed. Sure, TV sets are getting thinner, bigger and more colorful almost every year, but that's only the hardware. What makes people want to use a product is the service. And that really could use some improvements.

Even though the inconvenience of using usual TV's is huge, recent studies claim that television is still dominant in our lives. For most of the people it serves as a time killer, which helps to overcome boredom.

YouTube Phenomenon

One of the alternatives of old generation TV could be YouTube. There's lots of rich content for every taste. In this place alone you could find a handful of song covers of a popular song, funny sketches, animations, fan based music videos and so much more. From a website that was basically famous for cat videos, it's turning out to become a major player in the game of entertainment. The biggest advantage of YouTube, no doubt, is it's price. It's probably going to change in future, but right now YouTube is absolutely free of charge.

For some the selling point is the independence and creativity of young YouTubers, who entertain their audience in numerous ways. There's no Hollywood behind any YouTube based show to tell that it has to be canceled. If it is boring, then no one will ever watch. It's easy as that.

The thing that really makes YouTube look like a 'TV slayer', is its Live section. For now there's nothing but live vlogs, which is going to change after a while.

Movie Rental

Movie rental service was almost killed when DVD's emerged, but now it's getting popular once again, only this time in digital form. Rental is provided by services like Netflix and iTunes, which offer to stream movies and TV shows from anywhere.

There's almost no inconvenience in rental at all. Most of movie rental services can be found in newest TV sets, gaming consoles and even in tablet PC's. For now it's mostly available to rent a movie only in United States, which could be a drawback in other countries.

The future is probably going to be like this when almost every movie is just a click away. However, television executives don't think like that. This would not only make our lives much easier, but it would hurt their sales, as well. For usual costumer having a huge backlog of plastic DVD and Blu-ray discs is getting really frustrating, but for Hollywood it means more money.

Television Moving Online?

For television everything isn't lost, though. These days even more TV sets are getting 'smarter'. Almost every of them are equipped with video streaming apps, YouTube and lots of other features. That's their struggle to win the fight over costumers.

But, in case the hardware upgrades aren't enough, television has another trick up their sleeve. And it's getting up on the Internet. If you can't beat them, join them, right? That means that there would be great consequences, if TV executives played their cards right.

No matter how the fight will end, we - the customers - are not going to lose anything. Competition only helps the companies to make the products more appealing and likable to the customers.


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    • Martins Grinbergs profile image

      Martins Grinbergs 6 years ago from Latvia

      I've stopped watching television myself, because there's barely any value for me in it. But, on the other hand, I do watch TV shows on the Internet because it's the only way for me to enjoy them.

      So, the point is, that TV isn't going to 'die', it'll just re-invent itself. One way or another.

    • Alecia Murphy profile image

      Alecia Murphy 6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hi Martin,

      I sometimes think about this as well but with things like the Superbowl that are still event television, in many ways television has expanded its impact due to the Internet. Now you can watch missed episodes online or clips on YouTube. And even though cable is scrambling, I think television in one way or another will definitely live on. Great, thought provoking hub.