It may still be Peak TV for programming, but it's a contracting world for cable. As more and more networks consolidate, not every channel is going to make the cut. Now that Discovery and Scripps have merged, some of their more niche channels may disappear, as there's an increased focus on so-called "comfort-food TV" that HGTV and the Food Network are great at -- escapist shows highlighting food, restaurants and real-estate. From the consumer standpoint, there's less of a focus on specific channels, and more on specific shows, so in the future, your TV set-up may look even like channel surfing and more like going to a Netflix or Hulu-type service for everything on screen.
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At winter press tour, lots of Disney/Fox questions, but few answers TV critics and reporters are gathered in Pasadena for several days of presentations from cable and broadcast networks. Everyone wants to know what the Fox broadcast network will look like following its purchase by Disney, but at the moment, execs don't have the answers.
What Disney's acquisition of most of Fox means for TV The $52.4 billion deal was announced last week and has huge implications in the film world, but also in television as well. The move is largely seen as a way for Disney to get more content directly to consumers, and part of that means bulking up a forthcoming streaming service.