The End of Free TV?
All because Comcast ate up NBC. It all remains to be seen whether this bears out, but those networks are searching desperately for a new business model. And it ain’t happening–at least not yet–with the cable onslaught.
Broadcasters’ woes could spell trouble for free TV
By ANDREW VANACORE
NEW YORK (AP) — For more than 60 years, TV stations have broadcast news, sports and entertainment for free and made their money by showing commercials. That might not work much longer.
The business model is unraveling at ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox and the local stations that carry the networks’ programming. Cable TV and the Web have fractured the audience for free TV and siphoned its ad dollars. The recession has squeezed advertising further, forcing broadcasters to accelerate their push for new revenue to pay for programming.
That will play out in living rooms across the country. The changes could mean higher cable or satellite TV bills, as the networks and local stations squeeze more fees from pay-TV providers such as Comcast and DirecTV for the right to show broadcast TV channels in their lineups. The networks might even ditch free broadcast signals in the next few years. Instead, they could operate as cable channels – a move that could spell the end of free TV as Americans have known it since the 1940s.
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I enjoy my free digital channels, such as they are. This sucks to no end.
I was thinking of TiVo. I think you should, too.