For the last few years everybody has been talking about the changes to come in the Broadcast and Distribution industry. Well there are even more changes on the horizon that could easily form the perfect storm for the industry, destroying business models in its path. Think about Internet delivery, 3D and 4K, and changing business models. Here is my 10,000 foot view of things to come.
After decades of a solid business model the established infrastructure has managed to move from analog standard resolution to digital high definition with some helpful push from governments around the world. Of course the government’s interest in this matter was driven by the potential sale of very valuable spectrum to mobile providers. Politicians were the ambassadors of the HD transition, ultimately setting a deadline that forced this transition. If we talk about push and pull, this was almost all push, as most consumers did not even understand the consequences of this move long after it had happened.