The End of Legacy TV and the Death of the Cable Bundle
Two small pieces of news could make for a big headache for legacy TV. First, Viacom yanked its 19 channels — including Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central — from DirecTV after the two companies failed to agree on subscriber fees.
Second a federal judge cleared the way for Aereo, an exciting new startup that could bring local TV (NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS) to any device you wish, from a smartphone to an actual TV.
The Internet is ruthlessly efficient at stripping cross-subsidies and allowing content to shine on its own. The question isn’t really if the Internet’s unbundling revolution will visit the television industry but when.
via The Atlantic