Watching live TV on your laptop was inevitable and, from the looks of it, the time for that innovation is here. For comedy, that could start to make a much clearer bridge between web content and television.
YouTube will be offering up a skinny bundle of channels that can be watched live or DVR’d including major broadcast networks as well as prestige networks like FX allowing you to watch Atlanta or Baskets live. However, they’re missing such necessary channels like HBO. Also, they will only to be initially offer up YouTube TV in major markets.
This is a step in the right direction, but there is still a lot of ground to cover by combining live television and streaming services. Whoever can figure out a well priced bundle that includes live TV networks and access to the big streaming services (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu) so you can watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Veep, Broad City, and Catastrophe wherever and whenever might just have the keys to the web/TV kingdom.
When that happens, the playing field might be even more level than it is now and highly respected web series might start to be seen in the same regard as highly praised half hour sitcoms. Shows like High Maintenance are obviously ahead of the curve here.