Thanks to a hook-up with satellite TV provider Dish Network, Google is getting into the TV search business. The project, which neither Google or Dish are commenting on, will use new set-top boxes that run on Android, and is aiming to bring broadcast TV and online video together, as well as creating a personalized TV schedule.
Is broadcast TV on a downward spiral? Execs are starting to show their concern. We contribute to their stress by watching our favorite shows online—when we want, for free, and with few commercials. And now a recent study shows that more people are watching Hulu than they are Time Warner Cable, a trend that's surely generating some hand-wringing among the networks. Sure, broadcast has the car ads (though fewer than before), but what happens as viewers increasingly turn to the Internet?