If anyone is still not convinced that a sea change has taken place in how consumers get their television--thanks in part to technological change--just look at the Emmy nominations, announced this morning (July 10, 2014). (In case you didn't see them, I have included most of the major awards below.)
Traditional over-the-air networks are hard to find on the list, and even then, most of the nominations going to the "tower on the hill" gang are to PBS. Instead, most of the kudos for best this-and-that go to everything from HBO to Netflix. This tells us two things: 1) People don't care where they get their video...over the air, cable/satellite, Internet, and, 2) The folks producing truly unique programming content do not hold FCC licenses or own towers.
Here's one more bit of proof: the only categories in which traditional networks dominate are those labeled "Reality." I know they have their fans and viewers, but these, to me, are the least unique and creative categories of all.
Scroll through the nominations. See how often Netflix, HBO, FX and AMC pop up. Then look for CBS, ABC, Fox or NBC.
I rest my case.