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No Channels, But Plenty To Watch

from the shifting-way-of-thinking-about-content... dept

For years, the joke has been that we kept getting more television channels, but there was consistently less on TV. It used to be that the idea of having 100 channels was amazing, but now people have a few hundred channels to choose from on many TV systems. However, the latest report from Nielsen says that, for the first time ever, the average number of channels available has dropped. TV execs are freaking out and want a recount. Some are blaming things like TiVos for the mess, but Ernest Miller (at the link above) makes the argument that the concept of "channels" is going away thanks to the internet. People don't want more "channels" -- they want more interactivity and control, and you just don't find that with TV these days.

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 5th, 2004 @ 7:15am

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    Think his conclusion that people want control is incorrect.

    I believe CONTENT is what they are after and currently, IMHO, the internet is offering better content than the boob tube.

    How many reality shows (and losers who watch them) can you possibly air ?

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 5th, 2004 @ 8:53am


    All I want is loads of content both on demand and to tune-in.

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 5th, 2004 @ 10:12am

    Re: Bullshit

    I just want it without 60% of the time I'm engaged being used to try to sell me shit.

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    Me, Jul 5th, 2004 @ 6:26pm

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    You mean people don't like watching 45 minutes of commercials to get 15 minutes of a show? Odd that...

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