The collapse of linear TV in the face of Netflix and Hulu: What happens next?

Industry analysts remain conflicted as to whether full-on cord-cutting panic should start in the pay-TV industry By Leichtman Research Group's tally, it was an historically bad quarter for cable, satellite and IPTV operators, with the sector growing its collective customer base by only 10,000 subs, a record low for the typically robust first quarter--but still growing. Yet the signs are troubling. In fact, an examination of cratering linear TV ratings leads to an inevitable conclusion that TV's disrupted, on-demand future isn't just inevitable, it's already here. After all, if people are beginning to watch significantly less traditional television, and more Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc., how long can it be before we see a significant direct impact on video subscriber bases? In a new special report, FierceCable examines the collapse of linear TV, as the cable industry looks to video-on-demand and TV Everywhere to counter over-the-top players. Special report

Suggested Articles

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are among major telecom companies that signed a pledge with AGs from every state, promising to fight robocalls.

Ericsson and Nokia have each shuffled up their leadership teams, separately announcing new appointments Thursday.

T-Mobile customers across the country couldn’t make calls or send text messages for about four hours yesterday, confirms the carrier.