YouTube Killed TV, Except That It Didn’t… Yet

YouTube Killed TV, Except That It Didn’t… Yet

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There’s a very cool infographic making the rounds called YouTube Killed TV. It’s filled with excellent graphical representations of some really impressive–and in some cases, mind boggling–statistics about the video sharing site. The only problem I have with it, of course, is the exaggerated claim in the title, particularly since the infographic does nothing to prove TV has been killed by anything, let alone by YouTube.

YouTube Killed TV?

The infographic comes courtesy of, a company that makes freeware for audio and video–particularly YouTube. It’s clear they’re huge fans of YouTube and online video, and they obviously put a ton of work into this thing as well.

It’s pretty cool. Check it out (you can click the image to get the full version):

YouTube Didn’t Kill TV

The only problem, as I said above, is that YouTube didn’t actually kill TV. At least, not yet. Technology is clearly moving us in a more wired direction, with more and more people consuming video content online every month. But an awful lot of them are doing it on a device called an Internet-connected TV. So the device itself is still alive and well.

And TV as a service is still here too.

What’s true is that cable companies are losing subscribers–though they’re quick to claim reasons other than “cord cutting” as the culprit. But let’s be honest: the transition from traditional TV to online video is going to be a long and slow one, and TV is going to continue to stick around for a long time to come. YouTube might have had a hand in the beginning of TV’s downfall, but hasn’t even come close to striking the killing blow.

Even the infographic ends by saying “TV is a shell of its former self,” which is a bit of an exaggeration, and definitely a far cry from meaning TV is dead.


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