While we reminisce about the Ceefax shutdown, here’s a genius take on the topic. What would happen if YouTube closed down overnight like TV in days gone by?
Ever since the coronation, the default view of the world for normal people up and down the country has been television. Quite literally life through a lens.
I spent the best part of a decade making programmes to appear on that screen in the corner of the living room. Early mornings, late finishes, overnights, weekends, bank holidays, cancelled holidays, home, away — I’ll let you into a secret that it’s not terribly glamorous. So news that this weekend’s England game will only be shown on the internet really caught my attention.
I understand why people are rather upset:
*you can’t watch it in a pub
*the quality is not as good
*smaller screen means harder to watch with friends
*talk of limiting audience to 1m to stop it crashing
*cost for people who already subscribe to a pay-TV service
*it should be on TV and free because it’s England, after all
I agree with a lot of these points.
Thing is, this seems to be the first time TV has failed to deliver. There’s now a chink in TV’s armour; it no longer has the monopoly. Services like the iPlayer have gone a long way toward making TV-style content accessible away from the telly. Football (and indeed sport more generally) has fuelled the takeup of satellite TV and services like interactive and HD, as well as a plethora of web innovations — will it now force mainstream consumers to take the next step in embracing and adopting this new way to consume video?