The recent raids in Sydney clamping down on TV pirates, first reported by Fairfax papers is another example of how the good old days of television aren’t what they used to be. By the looks of it the QMC Mart operation shut down in Sydney was part of a global piracy operation that reportedly caters to 150,000 customers and is worth $70 million a year. That’s a lot of money and a lot of eyeballs.
Another recent example of the myriad threats facing the TV industry is the lockdown of 16 websites in the US that illegally streamed live sports and pay-per-view events. Tie these together with the imbroglio around Megaupload and you get an idea of how technology , from illegal set top boxes to file sharing, is modifying the TV landscape.
This infographic from Infographic Journal, shows the impact a legitimate internet channel, YouTube, has had on US TV networks. TV may not be dead but one can argue that it is starting to lose its prime time appeal