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TV Shrugs Off Digital Disruption

Unlike music and news, TV has survived and thrived.
No interference here.

No interference here.

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Within a year, Netflix will have more viewers than any of the three broadcast networks, a couple of analysts at FBR Capital Markets predicted this week.  There are some caveats having to do with the differing ways that streaming and broadcast audiences are measured, but still, an eight-year-old streaming service now claims an audience of comparable size to major television networks that have been around since the dawn of TV.

So does this mean that Silicon Valley -- where Netflix is based and with which it long self-identified -- is conquering television? Or is it that Netflix has simply learned how to be a successful television network?