September 06, 2013

TV in the old days.

Brian Stelter, media reporter for the New York Times, says the Internet may reshape cable television as we know it. Credit: thstrand / Flickr Creative Commons

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What was the last television show your friends, family, or coworkers were buzzing about? Chances are, it wasn't on regular cable television. Brian Stelter, media reporter at the New York Times and author of Top of the Morning, says innovations in television programming and delivery may soon pull the plug on cable as we know it.

If you've ever recoiled in horror at the sight of a hefty cable bill, you're not alone - and you may have other options. Some of the biggest shows of the past television season, like Netflix's House of Cards, came from online sources. Meanwhile, companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon have introduced devices that stream content directly from the Internet to your television, bypassing cable altogether. "They're putting Trojan horses in our living rooms," says Stelter, who says such devices could cut in on cable's sizeable audience.

Netflix's House of Cards was one of the most talked about shows of the season - and it wasn't available on cable TV.

To stay ahead of the curve, morning show giants have been experimenting with new ways of delivering content. NBC's The Today Show has rolled out a new app that allows users to engage with their website, while Good Morning America on ABC now allows viewers to tune in to the program on their phones. The goal, Stelter says, is to stay relevant in an age when people are increasingly going mobile. "Otherwise, people may create new habits that don't involve morning shows," he predicts.

The Today Show.

Morning programs like Today, shown here, are beginning to experiment with new ways of delivering content in response to challenges from non-conventional, Internet-based sources. Credit: North Dakota National Guard / Flickr Creative Commons

Television is not the only medium going through some major changes. In this exclusive web extra, our conversation with Brian Stelter turns from television at large to the delivery of the news. We get his take on the recent sale of the Washington Post to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Plus, he guides us through some of his favorite news websites - websites that are experimenting with particularly innovative ways of delivering the news.

Stelter's picks:

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