The Race To Disrupt Television

A blog about business and economics.
Dec. 13 2012 10:30 AM

The Race To Disrupt Television

I got some pusback to my post on how Apple's disruptive television product is already here to the effect of "well, what about XBox"? And, indeed, I don't mean to slight XBox in that post.

What I meant to do was slight the idea that Apple might produce a disruptive new television product in the form of a television set. Their disruptive television product is the one they've called the "Apple TV" and that's probably why they called it that. Microsoft's is the XBox. Sony's is the PlayStation. Google's is the Nexus Q. The point in all of this is that there's nothing wrong with television sets (though presumably at some point we'll see another leap in display capacity to 4k sets), there's something wrong with cable boxes and a lot of discontent with the content bundling model. And the replacement box products are already on the shelves in stores. The challenges are all the challenges of dealmaking to bring more content into the app-based framework rather than the cable framework. As long as blackout rules mean an NBA League Pass Broadband subscription doesn't let you watch NBA playoff games, the à la carte model has not really arrived.


But the challenge there is not technical in nature and has nothing to do with whether you have an integrated TV-with-a-processor-in-it or a modular TV-hooked-up-to-a-box model. The basic products are already here, though I wouldn't be shocked to see them joined some day by an Amazon hardware offering.

Matthew Yglesias is the executive editor of Vox and author of The Rent Is Too Damn High.


Frame Game

Hard Knocks

I was hit by a teacher in an East Texas public school. It taught me nothing.

There Are New Abuse Allegations Against Adrian Peterson

After This Merger, One Company Could Control One-Third of the Planet's Beer Sales

John Oliver Pleads for Scotland to Stay With the U.K.

If You’re Outraged by the NFL, Follow This Satirical Blowhard on Twitter


Don’t Expect Adrian Peterson to Go to Prison

In much of America, beating your kids is perfectly legal. 

The Juice

Ford’s Big Gamble

It’s completely transforming America’s best-selling vehicle.

I Tried to Write an Honest Profile of One of Bollywood’s Biggest Stars. It Didn’t Go Well.

Here’s Why College Women Don’t Take Rape Allegations to the Police

The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 1:51 PM Here’s Why College Women Don’t Take Rape Allegations to the Police
  News & Politics
Sept. 15 2014 8:56 PM The Benghazi Whistleblower Who Might Have Revealed a Massive Scandal on his Poetry Blog
Sept. 15 2014 7:27 PM Could IUDs Be the Next Great Weapon in the Battle Against Poverty?
Sept. 15 2014 4:38 PM What Is Straight Ice Cream?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 15 2014 11:38 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 4  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Listen."
Brow Beat
Sept. 15 2014 8:58 PM Lorde Does an Excellent Cover of Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights”
Future Tense
Sept. 15 2014 4:49 PM Cheetah Robot Is Now Wireless and Gallivanting on MIT’s Campus
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 15 2014 11:00 AM The Comet and the Cosmic Beehive
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.