Netflix CEO Reed Hastings predicts broadcast TV's death by 2030

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings believe online streaming video will help kill broadcast TV by 2030.

| Nov 29, 2014 at 7:37 am CST

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings believes traditional broadcast TV is operating on borrowed time, and it might not last past 2030. It's not necessarily surprising, as Hastings has painted a doom and gloom picture for broadcast TV over the past couple of years, though it appears to be coming true. There are currently more than 34 million Netflix subscribers in the United States, while the service continues to roll out in overseas markets.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings predicts broadcast TV's death by 2030 |

"It's kind of like the horse, you know, the horse was good until we had the car," Hastings reportedly said. "The age of broadcast TV will probably last until 2030."

Even if broadcast TV continues to persevere, there is growing interest among premium movie channels and broadcasters - HBO, CBS, and other channels are dabbling in subscription online video services. It wouldn't be surprising to see traditional TV apps becoming apps on connected smart TVs, Blu-ray players, and other entertainment devices.

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