The Fox Broadcasting Company may not be one of the original big three of American television networks, but in the relatively short period of time it has been around, it has become one of the most watched television networks in America. It just so happens, it also has one of the best US OTA catch-up services as well.
America’s CBS, the world’s second largest broadcaster after the UK’s BBC, is one of the top three television networks in the US and as can be expected, home to one of America’s most popular free catch-up services. But how well does this service compare with the other big US contenders, or globally for that matter?
As one of the big three US OTA commercial networks, there is no doubt that NBC should offer some pretty impressive television to the American public, and indeed the world. But what does NBC offer in the fast changing environment of catch-up television? Actually, there are a couple of pleasant surprises.
The ABC is one of the Big Three US television networks that dominated American screens from the 50’s to 80s. But despite the following puissance of cable networks and recent shifts towards on-demand services, ABC still remains one of the most influential television networks in the country. But how well does their catch-up services compare with the best from around the world?
Cable and Satellite broadcasting are not the only television delivery services that can specialize in niche markets. If anything, the Internet with its theoretically infinite size can accommodate any number of specialist services, and Crunchyroll is one of America’s most successful, submersing the viewer into a large library of Anime along with east Asian drama and pop music.
Every now and again, I come across some type of software or service that provokes a significant lifestyle change, and Netflix is one such case. Netflix have not only changed the way many people choose to watch television or movies, but it has changed the industry itself. Today we live in a world with quite a few choices in on-demand television, but Netflix remains the benchmark.