Chris DeVille writes about TV channels:
It stands to reason that TV networks are facing a similar situation — when you think about it, aren’t channels and websites essentially the same thing? Both function as containers, providing steady streams of content for targeted populations. Just as you used to discover a few favorite sites and check up on them throughout the day, you would flip on the TV and surf between your go-to channels until something stimulating draws you in.
No, they aren’t. There’s one big difference: anyone can publish something on the internet (video included). Not everyone can have its own TV channel.
That was the past and is the present, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be the future. TV’s future is the internet, so those two kinds of content will merge effectively into one.
As the author explains, not many of them will survive. “Channels with narrow but dedicated audiences will survive“, he points out, and I guess and the same will happen for websites that want to monetize.
That’s tough for the good old TV :/