Graphic by Nicolas Rapp, Anne VanderMey, and Marilyn Adamo
Information no longer travels on a metaphorical road but through a very real series of tubes, delivered not simply to TVs but to phones, tablets, computers, and videogame consoles. Media can be consumed in more ways than ever before, but the delivery system is startlingly homogeneous: It's the Internet. One company, Aereo, even picks up broadcast signals using a bay of rabbit-ear antennas and then moves that data through the Internet. The way information is distributed is so similar that content is now the market differentiator. A hit show or a sports broadcast is leverage when providers negotiate with distributors.
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