The Future of TV
While it’s great to have many choices, we also need to be able to quickly hone in on those to exactly what you want, when you want it, and how.
Last I checked, the U.S. TV home received, on average, 189 TV channels. Despite this, the number of channels we actually watch each day is just about 17.
So we’ve narrowed it down to 17 channels, that’s only 408 hours a day of programming to weed through. Some of that you have to pay for, some is free — a differentiation I think is pretty important. When you already pay a hefty fee for your cable bill, and you probably do, the incidentals of renting movies each month, and buying series and seasons and trilogy collections you must have are not insignificant. Some is on Apple TV, some in Amazon, some on your cable provider, don’t forget Google Play, Hulu, Netflix and so on…just to complicate things, searching those services is different depending on which one you use:
Different search results for “Amy Schumer” depending on service
Is the future consolidation or more fragmentation? While there will continue to be buyouts there are still so many opportunities for content producers so I see more fragmentation. But the providers, the TV manufacturers and Netflix’s need to iron out the discovery process to optimize for customers.
In the not-too-distant future, stand-alone TVs will be a thing of the past and wall screens will be commonplace. I’m looking forward to this as my husband and I cannot agree on what color to paint the walls, so someday we’ll just have floor to ceiling screens that we switch as we like…blue….yellow….blue….yellow….blue. I’m starting to see a flaw in my plan, but anyway.
(Photo credit: Imagination Technologies Blog)
Here is a flexible TV screen from LG, pretty crazy, huh?
Suddenly this doesn’t look so far off, does it?…
TV All Around Us
What else happens with TV in the future? Netflix aired a series called Black Mirror and specifically Episode 2 called “Fifteen Million Merits” about a future world where media and attention are currency and TV is all around us.
Black Mirror is a strange but thought-provoking show and Episode 2 shows us a scenario where media has taken hold like cement, binding us superficially and forcing us into ways from which we can’t effectively evolve, let alone remain sane within it all. What else do I watch?
“The 17 Things I Watch on TV”
Don’t give up your TV just yet. Some programming is pretty great. Plus there are some things I’ll always go back and watch again, and again. Here are 17 things (in no particular order) I suggest you watch on TV or streaming wherever you want.BaBlack Mirror
- Saturday Night Live
- House of Cards
- Game of Thrones
- Family Guy
- Boardwalk Empire
- Person of Interest
- Breaking Bad
- Mr. Robot
- Orange is the New Black
- Mike & Molly
- The Colbert Report
- Silicon Valley
- The Big Bang Theory
- Battlestar Gallatica
- I Love Lucy
For more about the future TV, here’s a landscape snapshot from Venture Scanner and their recent post:
Other big news from Nielsen was that music streaming was up 93% over last year. 93%!