With the recent release of House of Cards, Netflix's first truly original show (Lillehammer was co-financed by a Norwegian network, I believe), the growing popularity of both Netflix and Hulu, the continuing decline of nightly viewers but upturn in nightly+7 viewers, and stalwart programs scattered throughout nearly every cable network, where do you see the network television industry next year? Next 5, 10, 20 years?
popped up on Vulture a few days ago, and it makes some really good points.
|Five or ten years from now, there's a good chance we'll recognize NBC as the Peacock in the coal mine, the first one to fall as the broadcast era came to a close — or, at least, morphed into something far different than what we've known for the past 60 years.|
What is the issue? Is the programming not tailored enough to the demographic(s)? Is every network exec completely boneheaded? Is the leniency of cable too tantalizing to compete against? Is it really just the fact that we'd rather watch from our computers or is there more to it?
I'd love to hear your thoughts on any number of things regarding this situation. I'm going to take this time to try and draw up a more cohesive argument, but I know there's some outspoken users out in the ether for the time being. Let's talk about it.
Other food for thought:
Salon - How Netflix is turning viewers into puppets
AV Club - Could Netflix's programming strategy kill the golden age of TV?