I get my Music via my phone into my car without commercials. I get my TV from the internet and dvd's come in the mail, again no commercials. I can watch football games from my computer on TV through HDMI. How can the mediums survive?
It won't be long until DVD's come with commercials. In fact, I have seen a few DVD's already with coke commercials on them, or some kind of new video game. the Harry Potter movies on DVD's have commercials for the Harry Potter games for at least 10 to 15 mintues of the DVD, also includes Universal advertising for the Harry Potter Theme park at universal in Orlando. I have also seen shoes advertised, and sport drinks.
But, if anything is going to cause the fall of TV, especially FREE TV, and local channels, it is the invention of digital television which totally sucks!!
Which I'm sure the government will hope that everyone will switch to Satellite TV and Cable, which will raise their rates dramtically should Free TV be nixed. They are certainly talking about it. But, the day they start charging for Digital TV, is the day I put my TV up for sale and sit at the local Best Buy all day in my underwear watching whatever they have on.
If I want to watch a particular TV program I usually watch it at my leisure online after it's aired on TV- that way I don't have to sit down at a certain time, and I can pause and skip if I want to.
The internet hasn't quite killed of tv yet, but there will be a breaking point soon. Unless, the electronic companies that sell tvs, production companies and the like find yet another way to entice the viewer back. The film industry has been doing this for decades (think IMAX, 3-D), so it will be interesting to see how the powers that be attempt to save TV.
AM = dead
FM is still alive, because internet isn't consistent for some areas when in your vehicle.
I think Blockbuster learned the hard way that if you don't keep up with technology your business suffers. There has definitely been a shift in terms of where people watch TV, Movies and listen to music. I view it for the most part as a good thing. It's pointless owning physical products that don't actually need to be produced in the first place. I see it as a trend that will continue, though of course there will be obvious exceptions such as the cinema experience and so on which isn't easy to replicate in the home.
I get very bored with TV, because there is so much rubbish on now. Sometimes the ads are the best part. I prefer TV from decades ago, so watch youtube a lot, where there are some great shows on. It is evident to me that there was a quality to TV that seems to have been lost.
I can't see the internet replacing our TV any time soon. We make excellent use of our DVR so that we don't have to schedule time for television shows. We have entire seasons recorded we haven't watched yet. We use Netflix to get our movies and use their streaming feature a lot.
I use an aux port in my car to listen to my music on my phone or play Pandora and can't remember the last time I listened to the radio. My biggest issue with the radio is that there's no variety. There's essentially only four stations: Top 40, Country, Hard Rock, and overplayed classic rock. I say overplayed because I have a huge library of classic rock and there is plenty that I don't have, and yet the radio just plays the same songs over and over and over again. My other issue with the radio is the irritating DJs. They have extremely irritating voices and say the most stupid things just to get a rise out of listeners. My morning commute was full of DJs being jerks. For instance, one morning the DJ said that pregnancy is an excuse for women to be lazy. I think that's when I stopped listening to the radio.
Just another comment. You pretty much need a high speed internet connection to watch movies or TV shows on line, or a decent satelite server. But, there are still a lot of areas in the country where the only available internet source is dial up. Also, there are millions of families who can't afford a computer, while you can get a decent TV just about anywhere.
Unfortunately a lot of intertainment companies are going on-line, or straight to cable, and bypassing a good portion of the country that can't reach them. So, to me the real disaster is the end opf analog television, because digital television sucks rocks!!
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