For 50 years, cable tv providers have been picking the winners & losers amongst media companies. The internet has helped level the field in favor of independent startups. And those startups are starting to flourish.
Cable & Satellite companies are already shifting their billing models so that internet data services now costs consumers more than the basic TV channel packages. They could see this day coming for nearly 20 years. But several customers are getting gouged to the tune of $150/mo. or more; because they're paying for delux internet and TV packages.
About 10 years ago, I used to spend about $1400/yr on cable tv & internet. The Internet portion was less than $500. As I weaned off the tv package, my internet fees rose to about $750/yr.
2 years ago I installed a powered digital tv antenna high atop my roof. Who knew that there are 44 over-the-air tv channels powerful enough to reach my home near the Arkansas River, in south Tulsa? And I'm not even counting the foreign language and shopping channels). If I use the motorized rotator on my new antenna, I can pick up another 10 channels!
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- Antenna. Before the 1970s this is how great grandpa got tv. But it's been revamped to digital and each station has expanded to an average of 3 subchannels. All of them are free.
(less than $50 in equipment, no fees)
- Internet Browser content.
- Social Media Platforms. Youtube is a huge database of live & on-demand content. I'm not even talking about the new Youtube TV subscription service. Facebook Live is also a massive player in this field. But there are several other platforms for content creators to get their shows to the consumers. Twitter & Instagram are also big players.
- Mobile Device Apps. Podcasting is exploding. Most folks see podcasting as a sort of radio show, but these same apps also deliver video content. Many folks now listen to 'talk radio' via their podcast app, rather than arranging their day around the local broadcast schedules for their favorite radio shows. Several content providers created their own media apps, to reach their markets.
- Set-top device. Roku is the biggest player in this field, but Apple TV, Google TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and even Chromecast (sort of). Chromecast is just a receiver for sending your computer & mobile device content to your TV. Roku can also create this bridge.
(less than $100 equipment, mostly access)
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