The future of television

via ( fivethirtyeight ) 

This year's Emmy nominations just came out and network television is hurting mostly thanks to Netflix.. Just as Netflix played a big role in closing down Blockbuster, I hope they do the same to cable companies. How is that possible? Well, you've probably heard that cable companies and ISPs are at the bottom of the list in terms of customer satisfaction. But did you know that the "Television and Video Player" industry is at the top? We like our machines but we don't like our providers... and for good reason. We live in the age of convenience and customization but 20 minutes on the phone with your ISP/cable company and you'll realize they their service is neither convenient nor customizable..

Think about the process of signing up for cable service... it's like going to the DMV. And when you sign, someone has to come by your house to install cables/hardware. What is this, 1982? Not to mention that of 189 channels, we only watch 17 on average. Surely this industry that everyone hates can't last long, right? It's the natural progression of the world... from country roads to highways, conventional ovens to microwaves, and now from "to be continueds" to the world of binge watching. Thanks to the Apple TV, mirroring my computer screen to my TV has never been easier. Which makes watching shows through an online streaming service much more convenient than setting my DVR to record a new episode every week. I'm getting a taste of the future of content. But the only way this shift can happen is if good content leads the way... 

On these Emmy nominations, Walt Hickey of writes:

When it comes down to it, Emmy nominations are a finite resource, and each network is competing for them. FX, Netflix and AMC have made huge gains over the past several years (with Showtime perhaps thrown in, too), and that’s come at the expense of Emmy accolades for traditional networks. It’s just remarkable to see how big of a dent that’s made. And Netflix deserves huge credit for growing so fast — it did in just two years what AMC did in six.

The way we consume content is changing. And while we haven't completely figured it out, Frank Underwood has taken us one step closer.