A fine article by Damon Lindelof, one of the creators of Lost, about how television, as we know it, is dying.
Television has always been free. Sure, if you want all the N.F.L. games in high definition, you have to pay the piper, but the broadcast networks still offer their entire schedules for absolutely nothing. The only catch, of course, is that you have to watch commercials. Economically, it’s a fair deal. The network pays for the shows, gives them to viewers, and makes its cash back through advertising. Which regrettably brings us to the most wonderful thing TiVo does: It enables you to ignore the commercials that keep the whole system running.
Let’s look at the facts:
1. Broadcast television is paid for by commercials.
2. DVRs and downloaded content from the internet let you bypass these commercials.
3. It ain’t working no more.
This can’t last. The whole framework of broadcast television is spiraling down the shit pot. Something new will take its place, and nobody knows what that might be.
My most fervent dream is that we extract from these catastrophes the ability to buy only the channels/shows we want to watch. I have about 300 channels available to me because of all the dumbass “tiers” I have to buy, and I have watched only a tiny fraction of them.
It’s like going to a bookstore to buy a science fiction book and they tell you, “Sorry sir, to get that book you’ll have to buy the Science Fiction section, and that’s those hundred books over there.”
The way I quote myself works is not entirely understood.