Expect to see more left-leaning news sources
Why do we say this? Getting an app/streaming channel is not difficult. And History repeats itself. With a far-right president in place, I would expect to see some company push a new news source via the Internet. Much akin to what Glen Beck accomplished with The Blaze on the right. With so many wealthy liberal icons out there in TV land and the business world, it would not surprise me in the least. If Bill Clinton’s 8 years led to the rise of Fox News and George W Bush’s 8 years led to the rise of MSNBC the idea that a left-leaning personality along the lines of Jeff Bezos might launch a news source starting on Fire TV would not be out of the realm of possibility especially considering that he already owns the Washington Post.
We will start hearing about a service that actually streams local channels
This won’t be via any one service like DirecTV Now. It would have to be a combination of major broadcast companies working in concert. Most local TV stations are owned by companies other than a major network. It may not launch in 2017 but here is the thing. These companies know that their content is in demand. We all saw the Aereo issue come and go. If the different parties found a way to work together to provide a service that offered local channels online it could market it and sell it to all of these cable substitute packages so that they could finally offer locals to the majority of people. And once the big guns were making money off it I’m sure the smaller companies would come along.
More Antenna/OTA Streaming
CES already alluded to this with products like the Air TV and Mohu Air Wave. Those two products got a lot of positive feedback and could make a big impact on the market this year. This means that they will likely be imitated. Before either product showed up on the radar there were already Android boxes with ATSC tuners and EPG guides built in with a notable example being products from MyGica, which is also rolling out an antenna/app combo for the major platforms called Eye TV. I would expect more and more of the small companies that market Android products to start selling boxes with ATSC tuners in them going forward.
There are a number of companies and apps that have launched in the past few years as streaming has become more popular. It is inevitable that some companies will realize the need to combine resources in order to keep their heads above water against the Netflix’s and HBO Nows’s of the world. We will give this idea more thought and propose some new streaming companies that should exist in the future as a separate piece.