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Dish Network and CBS Reach Deal After Week of Blackout

CBS pulled network programming from Dish Network last week, after the two companies could not reach an agreement on a new license.

2 million Dish subscribers lost most CBS channels and the network was planning to increase the scale of the blackout, to make sure Dish moved to an agreement.

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Netflix Claims Broadcast TV Will Be Dead By 2030

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has been visiting various events in Latin America, revealed 5 million subscribers come from the region and it is one of the fastest developing markets for Netflix.

On his trip, Hastings has given a good numbers of figures to suggest Netflix’s growth is not diminishing. The global total for subscribers has hit 53 million, with over 30 million in the U.S. alone.

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The End of Television as We Know it

I know I am not going to be the first, nor the last person to ever say this, but the days of what we call broadcast television are numbered.  The future lies with streaming audio and video content via the internet.

For those who are still skeptical about this future I can understand why, because even though I am a believer in this future, I still get my television through what is now considered one of the “traditional” means – through a satellite dish.  Despite that though, I still think that the internet is where the future of television watching is.

People have seriously talking about this future for about a decade now, and there are already services that we can subscribe to that will allow us to cut the cord, sort to speak.  Services like Hulu Plus, Netflix, Blockbuster (yes they are still around), and with a combination of two of those you can watch much of your favorite television shows, and movies for less than what it costs for whatever form of cable/satellite service you might currently have.  Then there is the fact that many new televisions are now equipped to access the internet on their own, and many come with preinstalled aps, like Pandora, Youtube, and even Hulu.  All of that is well and good for many people, but there is a group of individuals who must stay tethered to some sort of receiver or another, and they are the sports fans.

Currently most sports broadcasts are only offered through mainstream television channels, like NBC, ABC, CBS, ESPN, as well as others.  ESPN does stream some games on ESPN3.com, but not all.  Once all sports are available to be watched online, then that will be the end of what we call the status quo for watching television.  We’ll have to wait and see if that is a good thing or not.

Life Before Cable

Who here can remember life before cable television?  I know I can, and at the risk of sounding overly idyllic, I think that life was nicer, if not better, way back then.  Sure, sure, television viewers were saddled with “only” four television channels, those being the local affiliates for NBC, ABC, CBS, and PBS; and some communities had to make do with only three, or less of those four.  You know what though, most of us never really felt deprived, or shortchanged; it was simply what we knew.

It is all too easy for those who aren’t old enough to remember life before cable to criticize the quality of the television shows way back then (it was only about 35 years ago), but you know what?  I used to be critical of the early television shows that my parents used to watch too; so the idea of quality is a relative thing.

Here’s another thing that I remember from in that long ago ancient time, before we were blessed with hundreds of television channels, if people felt that there was nothing worth watching on, then many people simply turned the television off and actually did something.  I know, that is a shocking concept there, but trust me it did happen.  Let me ask you a question, how many times have you simply scrolled through the channels hoping that something good will magically appear that piques your interest?  I know I have done that – too many times.  I remember on nights when “nothing” was on, my family would turn-off the TV and breakout the board games and spent quality time together.  For all of the cable/internet generation, when was the last time your family did that?

Of course I realize that we cannot go back, cable television is here, and honestly there are several cable networks that I enjoy watching.  No, I am not advocating the abolition of cable, but I do have a little lamentation for the days of yore from time to time.  Maybe I’m just getting too damn old, or maybe it is because I was tired of scrolling through all of those channels and muttering that there is absolutely nothing on.