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As expected, ABC today brought live TV streaming to its iOS app for users in New York City and Philadelphia. The new functionality has been delivered in an update to ABC’s existing app — now renamed Watch ABC.
Welcome to the future, everybody. The real question is whether the TV of the future will be in Network-as-App or Show-As-App. I’d lean toward the former, if only because that simple act of curation will bring eyeballs.
But if that’s the case, then how long is it before we’re all building our own TV “networks”? At some point, you have to figure that TV shows will be consumed the same way we now consume music: via playlist, via one-off blog recommendations, via some grand streaming library in the sky.
Wait. You say that you’re already doing that? I know, I am too. But we are ahead of the curve. Good for ABC to try to jump back ahead of us and lead everyone into this murky future.
ps. Cable companies: you could jump on this bandwagon yourselves by merging your TV and internet packages into one, but you probably won’t do that because you’d rather milk our cash cows for as long as you can. Probably smart—cable TV is terminally ill.
That thing I wrote about 8 years ago is finally here, a good 2–3 years after we should be caring about TV tuners. If TV is really just an app-in-waiting (and I agree with that assertion) then why bother with an antennae? It’s all going to be on the internet, Watch ESPN-style, before long.
Dec 6, 2012
@ 8:41 am
If Schwartzman, Krumholtz & Caplan are going to be in this photo, can’t we bring in Rashida Jones and Joanna Garcia?