Just a decade ago, the electronic hearth seemed in danger of flickering out. Now, television is amid what many call a second "golden age." So just what are we looking at? Shows worth savoring and collecting. Time-shifting, ad-skipping and a ratings slump. Mind-reading sets. Unbundling. Read through our special section on how TV has been upended.
Television in a 'world of video wonders'
A scripted broadcast show — that's television. So's a cable show. But what about a smartphone recording of a cat? Los Angeles Times television critic Robert Lloyd ponders the definition of the medium in 2014.
Behold, your creation
When viewers took control of the TV model, the small screen hit the big time. Los Angeles Times television critic Mary McNamara reflects on the most important thing that didn't exist in the TV universe a decade ago: ownership.
Period of adjustment
The likes of Michael Sheen, Les Moonves, Shonda Rhimes and Anna Chlumsky reflect on changes in television and where it's headed.
It knows what we want before we do
Algorithms spin out suggestions for more viewing, and getting that right is big biz. Netflix says about half of all its viewing comes from recommendations; at Hulu, it's closer to 75%. Get a look at how content providers try to predict what you want to see.
Timing is still everything for networks
While offering more on-demand options, television executives say keeping shows running in the right time slots remains crucial to both viewers and networks. "It's not the same level of critical mass we've seen before. But people are still social beings seeking consensus and connection," said FX Networks' vice president of research.
'The holy grail' of metrics
TV viewing is hard to keep tabs on: so many devices, so many places, so many times. But the industry needs those numbers. "The holy grail is the ability to measure everyone across all platforms," said the head of research at NBC. "No one is doing that yet."
Duking it out digitally
With futures at stake, major programmers are diving into digital streaming, with satellite giants right behind them. How will that play with pay-TV? Stay tuned.
Networks' complicated relationship with YouTube
Once seen as a digital upstart, YouTube is now a key aspect to networks' programming and marketing mix. And YouTube has picked up a few things from the TV industry.
More access to channels, but only 9% are tuned
While there may be more to watch these days, it turns out that viewers still keep a tightknit number of channels from which to choose.
How the U.S. spends its time on multimedia devices
A breakdown by age group of the weekly time spent using the top 9 devices.Copyright © 2017, Los Angeles Times