I predict many more stations on the internet TV. This is both good and bad. There will be Tea Party TV with Conservative programming, Red TV with Communist Propaganda, the Black Power TV and the KKK Network with there flagship show “The White Power Hour”—heck, even Glen Beck is setting up an internet network. Their will be a Mormon Station, a Gay channel, an old TV show channel—westerns and war movies—all sorts of things. One will just show movies made by people rather than studios. I see a comeback of the 15 minute TV show and the 1/2 hour show. Six years down the pike all we know will be changed when it comes to entertainment.
One major problem with Internet broadcasting is generating enough revenue to justify content development.
The Internet is great for streaming existing movies and TV programs. However, some attempts by groups to develop Internet content has lacked a revenue stream to support further development.
Which is basically what’s been going on in the community access section of the cable dial since the 80s. Not to mention the high number channels for the same kind of thing nationally.
The issue really isn’t what’s going on in the sending side, it’s the receiver side. Roku has 3 million boxes out. Netflix has 25 million subscribers. And even most of these people haven’t cut the cable, they’re doing internet WITH cable.
6 years from now it will be more of the same. Figure about 50 million people will be interneting some of their TV, but even then 3/4 of them will be supplementing cable not replacing it. A nation of 311 million changes slowly, because they need to gain the technology (outside urban high speed internet is still difficult to acquire), and change their brains. And that change has to go against one of the basic rules of life, they have to fix something that isn’t broke. They’re getting TV just fine now, through a system they understand and can navigate. Folks won’t be that eager to learn a whole new way of doing their TV business.
all that is there now plus more church stations than AM radio