The days of paying for cable television are dwindling. Traditional TV is now available online. This isn’t a totally new concept, but it definitely hasn’t been developed enough to go full scale up to this point.
For several years now, we’ve been able to get full episodes of popular TV series on their respective network’s website. For example, channels like CBS, and The Discovery Channel have put a lot of there shows on their website. Up until this point, though, the choices on which shows you can watch on CBS have been somewhat limited in terms of getting the latest seasons (except for Survivor!).
Image from Wikipedia-SurvivorTV
Then, Hulu came along and brought with it a ton more shows from the most common channels, and that was it for a long time.
Enter YouTube TV. According to Tech Crunch, YouTube has released the television streaming in 5 cities (LA, New York, San Fran, Chicago, and Philadelphia) with more to come soon.
I’ll leave it up to you to look at it yourself, but the highlights are that it includes all the major news networks, and even most of the ESPN channels (which is the real game changer).
A lot of people still hold on to cable for the sports.
This is where we enter Amazon Streaming NFL Games. Starting this season, Amazon is streaming Thursday Night Football. If this is successful, it opens the door to even more business for Amazon. The other side to that is the channels like CBS and FOX lose business because if they aren’t exclusively broadcasting the sports, and their views will take a huge hit.
It will be interesting to see how this stuff shakes out!