Moody’s Investors Service in a new report has come out strongly on the issue of how the evolution of wireless technology and growing demand for faster connections and rapid access to the Internet will effect broadcast TV in the US. Moody is adamant that broadband video competition will not wipe out broadcast and cable operators anytime soon.
“Even with the advent of Internet TV, the broadcast and cable networks that invest heavily in exclusive content rights to popular programming and sporting events that command high viewership ratings will be protected from online competition over the next 10 years,’ writes Sr VP Neil Begley in his section of the report, 2020 Vision: US Telecom, Media and Technology.
“The economics associated with the existing mass-market TV-advertising and carriage-fee model are so strong that it is the primary reason a new online model will not be embraced by the networks or the content producers that own them, a high barrier that will help insulate the industry’s profits and cash flow over the decade,’ Begley concluded.
The “wild card,’ is whether Google or Apple will be willing to make the financial commitment to compete for sports-content rights and invest in production to put their own programming on the web in competition with the traditional content companies. “But this is not highly likely as they would need to create or buy a lot of programming to be successful, which would be very costly and outside their traditional area of expertise,’ he reports.