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Tivo Remote (Public Domain photo by Evan-Amos via Wikipedia) 

Most people still watch TV via antenna or a cable TV subscription but that is changing rapidly.  Just as cable TV networks have made headway against the traditional TV networks, online networks and programming will rise even faster.

Video on Demand, or VOD is my preferred method of consuming TV now.  I cut the cord with cable TV a few years ago because most of what I wanted was the movie channels (Showtime, Cinemax, HBO) but I had to pay for everything else in between in order to get to those channels. If only cable would go a la carte.  I did like my DVR and the ability to record from a menu of upcoming shows though so  this is what I did.  

I bought a version of the Tivo box that is made for antenna reception and media from the Internet.  This allows me to get the news, weather, late night talk shows, and the occasional series from broadcast TV for free.  Tivo charges a small fee, currently $12.95/month,  for the menu of upcoming programs from local broadcast stations. I can select a single program in advance to record or get a season pass so that I don't miss a any episodes.  The Tivo box records more than I can watch in a day so when I have the time I watch the programs I want, when I want to. It also records media from the shows on the Internet I like when they become available.  No more appointment TV.  

The Tivo box has Netflix and a host of Internet only programs on almost any subject, interest, or hobby you may have.  More than 50% of my viewing is on my TV in the living room but comes from Internet only programming.  That's where things are heading and if you are  a filmmaker or content provider you need to pay attention to this trend.  

There are also the game consoles like XBox 360, PS3, and Wii that can provide Netflix and online programming.  DVD players and TVs are starting to come with these features built in too.  All of this creates more options for the consumer and more avenues for content producers.   Oh, and for some of the films and specials on the movie channels I miss since cutting the cord, I find that I can mostly get them with my Roku box and Netflix or Hulu Plus, albeit a season later than cable.  Suits me.


Learn more about Video on Demand, 4k Television, and New Media Guild rates in the TWiT TV Live Specials episode 148: On Hollywod hosted by Denise Howell below.  TWiT TV is a network of online TV shows hosted by Leo Laporte and friends that include shows on technology, computer security, photography, and more.