There's a very cool infographic making the rounds called YouTube Killed TV. It's filled with excellent graphical representations of some really impressive--and in some cases, mind boggling--statistics about the video sharing site. The only problem I have with it, of course, is the exaggerated claim in the title, particularly since the infographic does nothing to prove TV has been killed by anything, let alone by YouTube.

YouTube Killed TV?

The infographic comes courtesy of, a company that makes freeware for audio and video--particularly YouTube. It's clear they're huge fans of YouTube and online video, and they obviously put a ton of work into this thing as well.

It's pretty cool. Check it out (you can click the image to get the full version):

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YouTube Didn't Kill TV

The only problem, as I said above, is that YouTube didn't actually kill TV. At least, not yet. Technology is clearly moving us in a more wired direction, with more and more people consuming video content online every month. But an awful lot of them are doing it on a device called an Internet-connected TV. So the device itself is still alive and well.

And TV as a service is still here too.

What's true is that cable companies are losing subscribers--though they're quick to claim reasons other than "cord cutting" as the culprit. But let's be honest: the transition from traditional TV to online video is going to be a long and slow one, and TV is going to continue to stick around for a long time to come. YouTube might have had a hand in the beginning of TV's downfall, but hasn't even come close to striking the killing blow.

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Even the infographic ends by saying "TV is a shell of its former self," which is a bit of an exaggeration, and definitely a far cry from meaning TV is dead.

  • Mark Robertson

    For an industry that's decades old, 8%growth is great. I love online video but I call bullshit on this.

  • Steve

    I guess you rally have to define "TV" Is it Television as a device or services. YouTube has had an impact on television services. But only because Network & Cable Executives believe they know what's best for us & don't listen. If you want content they don't offer, or offer it in a way you don't want, you go elsewhere. As a service "TV" has always been a one size fits all kind of thing. They try to make sitcoms fit every demographic. Can't be done. Some want more sex, violence,nudity, swearing, ethnic groups, etc. Others want less. Lets look at one thing. Commercials. In the beginning, If I don't want commercials. Tough, then along comes cable with NO commercials. Now cable networks add commercials to get more money, they forgot that is the main reason I got cable, so now I move to TV online, 3 or 4 commercials for a whole sitcom, better yet get the series on NetFlix or buy it..back to no commercials. YouTube isn't killing TV, Know-it-all TV Executives are KILLING IT....and they don't even know it because they don't listen. If you are in a service industry you better listen or someone else who listens will replace you. NOW TV as a DEVICE is here to stay, only the means of display will change, Tubes vs Flat-screens, vs Projection, vs HUD, vs the display of the future that hasn't even been thought up, will always be here. Only the physical hardware will change.....or maybe there will be no physical will be 3D that will float in mid air and you will be able to smell it as well as see & hear it....that's just crazy talk....or is it? Who ever makes that happen will be the next TV genius guru mogul.