Hollywood Reporter has a story proposing the idea of cable channels unraveling and going out of business in the near future.
It's no surprise with all the competition from the hundreds upon hundreds of networks and sub-networks out there, the online, OnDemand, "whenever you want it" competition (Netflix, Hulu) and of course the old broadcast television nets.
The article asks this:
Of course, the article is right by stating the point there is a lot of competition and nothing extremely appealing on any of these small to mid-level networks.
But, to be honest, without bias, I think our GSN, even now with all the Family Feud and whatever else you want to pin on them for running too much or not enough of, is superior to just about anything else on the list above.
From yesterday's press release, GSN does not appear to be going out of business anytime soon like the article suggests for a lot of cable networks. GSN makes a point in both this year's and last year's press release (in the title too!) that their ratings growth goes against the decline of most of well-established cable nets right now.
As for cable ending? Not anytime soon. But as for some very small, unappealing, repetitive, low viewership nets ending? Likely by the end of the decade. Buzzr, maybe?