TV ♥

Posted on: November 19, 2010

Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes wrote a WSJ opinion piece last month entitled The Coming Golden Age of Television in which he argues that TV “is emerging as the dominant medium of the digital age.” It seems like a pretty big statement in the age of cord-cutting and the ascendancy of sites like Hulu and cable/satellite by-pass technologies from Amazon, Apple, Google, Sony and others.

He admits that they “offer greater functionality, mobility and more powerful software that give consumers new applications to control, access and share content,” but he counters that TWC’s (and others) emerging business strategy, TV Everywhere, will make the online TV services unnecessary.

“It operates on a simple but powerful premise: If you have access to television in your home—whether through rabbit ears or a paid cable, satellite or telco subscription—you should be able to view all the channels you receive on demand on whatever broadband device you wish.”

Sounds darn good to me.

I, for one, don’t watch much television. I’m not home very much, so I am very reliant on my various mobile devices to keep me in tune with the zeitgeist. But, were Santa to prop a sparkly-new iPad or other tablet device under my tree in a few weeks, I may be inclined to catch up on all those locavore cooking shows I’ve been missing.

Why, just this week, Comcast announced 3G-enabled TV Everywhere for the iPad –with releases for Android and BlackBerry coming soon.

What’s not to ♥? TV Everywhere means we can all watch what we want, when we want, and  — coming soon — wherever we want.

But what’s actually on? Bewkes’s “golden age” refers to the robustness of the business of TV — higher ad revenues and subscriber fees + unparalleled access — all good things for those who produce and distribute programming.

I spent a lot of time in front of a television as a kid — and Mad Men and 30 Rock notwithstanding,  I think the “golden age” of TV occurred sometime during my childhood — like about 1974.

Think about it: M*A*S*H,  Columbo, All in the Family, Marcus Welby and  squeaky-clean Mary Tyler Moore.

THAT was TV.
And it may be the haze of nostalgia, but for me, it was golden.


3 Responses to "TV ♥"

I always prefer TV. it’s my favorite pasttime.

TV, like the rest of communication, is finally becoming more convenient. DVRs launched 11 years ago and gave us TV anytime (and the ability to skip commercials). Agressive adoption took about 5-6 years for that product. My kids don’t know a world without it. Now it will be interesting to watch this new trend and see how fast adoption takes place and how it affects viewing habits and choices.

I have DISH Network and a Sling adapter connected to my receiver and I was surprised to see how many devices that this work on with DISH. I know Comcast customers can only watch live TV on the iPhone and iPad but they cannot take in anywhere and everywhere like I can now. As a DISH employee I can tell you the DISH Networks DISH remote access is a free app that you can get at our website and this will also allow you to set your recordings and watch them from your mobile device.

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