Is There Any Need For The Concept Of A TV Channel Any More?
from the might-be-time-to-rethink dept
More than two years ago, we wondered if the concept of a TV channel was going away. After all, with things like TiVo as well as the ability to watch TV streamed or downloaded online, was anyone still paying attention to which channel a particular show was on? While that may have been a little early, it seems that this type of thinking is picking up steam -- especially in the UK, where some are wondering why they should wait many months for American TV shows to show up on UK TV when they can (or will soon be able to) simply watch the shows online at the same time everyone else can. Of course, this could also have a pretty big impact on the push for a la carte cable offerings. If people are no longer thinking in terms of channels, but in shows, does a la carte pricing make that much sense? If anything, a la carte channels may push people to move even more of their TV watching to the web, since they'll only have a small number of channels on their TV, but they'll catch other shows online.