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The Evolution of Television

Kevin Trotman

Have smartphones, tablets and the Internet changed the way you watch TV? 

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson says TV is undergoing a revolution, and you can expect even more changes in the coming years.

Mark says two main factors are at play:

  • The Internet is fragmenting the whole network structure of television.
  • The audience is now in control, rather than TV network executives.

Frustrated by the dozens of channels your cable provider insists you pay for in addition to the channels you actually want to watch? That "bundling" practice may soon go by the wayside.
Internet streaming services from Netflix, Amazon, Apple and other companies are making viewers accustomed to buying specific programming, rather than a grab bag of content.

Mark doesn't see smartphones and tablets replacing TV altogether, but not every household in the future will have a big TV in the living room. 

Cable and satellite services are still popular, but surveys show young people are less likely to pay for them, opting instead for lower cost streaming alternatives on handheld devices.

TV as we know it isn't going away, but it's definitely changing.

Dave Meyer has been anchoring KNKX news shows since 1987. He grew up along the shores of Hood Canal near Belfair and graduated from Washington State University with degrees in communications and psychology.
Mark Anderson is the CEO of the Strategic News Service® (SNS), SNS was the first subscription-based newsletter on the Internet, and is read by Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Mark Hurd, and industry leaders and investors in computing and communications worldwide. Mark is the founding chair of the Future in Review® (FiRe) Conference, which the Economist has labeled “the best technology conference in the world,” as well as of SNS Project Inkwell, the first global consortium to address technology design changes for one-to-one computing in classrooms. He is the founder of two software companies, a hedge fund, and the Washington Technology Industry Association “Fast Pitch” investment forum, Washington’s premier technology investment conference.