Why? TV is dead. Television as we knew it advanced from crummy black and white screens with over-the-air analog signals, to color screens, then cable TV with more channels and higher quality, and more recently digital TV signals with better audio and video.
That era is history. It’s on life support but as good as dead. Television of the future will come to viewers– not just through a big, wide screen display, but to a variety of devices; smartphones, personal computers, perhaps smartwatches, as well as displays in our self-driving vehicles and public transportation.
TV is changing. Out with the old and in with the new. I declare the old generation of television watching mostly dead because of math. I did the math on what I watch these days and the majority of my viewing habits turn up on iPhone, iPad, the family wide screen television (with cable, but often we use Apple TV or AirPlay to view programs), and, occasionally, the Mac.
Thanks to a trial of YouTube TV the folks on the Mincey Plantation are seriously looking at saving some serious cash by dropping cable TV and sticking with the cable company’s internet service so we can stream our video selections.
That may end when 5G turns broadband internet connections into wireless. Goodbye, Wi-Fi. Now it makes sense that Apple got rid of its Wi-Fi Airport router line. Wi-Fi is on the way to becoming a thing of the past.
What got me convinced that my prognostication was obvious is the obvious math. More YouTube, more streaming media, and a growing number of video Podcasts. Yes, the iPod lives. No, not so much in Apple’s iconic but dying iPod touch, but in their spawn; audio and video shows that stream.
Cable TV is 200 channels and nothing is on. Podcasts and YouTube mean you have tens of thousands of channels available and you can watch them when you want. Yes, YouTube TV looks enticing; quality and price are decent, but really, all you’re getting is a digital version of cable TV from the 1990s.
Even video production companies are getting into the Podcast video act. Jordan White:
Podcasts remain a steadily growing cultural phenomenon, familiar to more households than in any previous year, and studios have taken notice. They’ve gobbled up properties left and right, not unlike the comic-book land-grab of several years ago.
What does it take to create a YouTube channel or a Podcast?
Start with an iPhone. The video quality is better than broadcast television already. Add a Mac to make editing easier. Sound can be problematic, so a good microphone or two will help, but that’s about it. YouTube and other video sources, combined with Podcasts, create an always on, always available television for the 21st century.
You won’t miss cable TV or over-the-air TV much because both will find their way online, but the future of television is new– YouTube-like video channels and Podcasts.