Channel surfing has been a casualty of the switch from cable TV to Netflix or Hulu. Gone are the halcyon days of watching The Shawshank Redemption on TNT just because it's on. Stumbling on a cult classic or a forgotten hit on weekend afternoons might have been left in the past, but Netflix is making an effort to modernize the experience with its new "Play Something" button.
Television has evolved a lot over the last decade, but there's one thing that has outlived the decline of cable: carriage disputes. YouTube TV might not be a "traditional" cable service, but it's still susceptible to the same issues that every distributor has faced. Today, Roku is warning users that YouTube TV could be dropped from its devices in the coming days should Google continue to pursue its new contract.
With displays getting bigger, watching shows and movies on smartphones has become increasingly popular in recent years. This and the fact that we've always got a smartphone in our hands hasn't gone unnoticed by streaming services — heck, we even had an ill-fated smartphone-only streaming service. In an effort to increase accessibility, Amazon Prime Video is offering a mobile-only subscription tier in India.