May 27th, 2014
11:14 AM ET

Bewkes: TV is taking over the Internet

Fareed speaks with Jeff Bewkes, chairman and CEO of Time Warner, CNN's parent company, about the future of television. Explore how television has evolved since the 1960s during the premiere episode of “The Sixties” this Thursday on CNN at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Bewkes: Television is a thriving business, not just in America, but all over the world. Advertising revenue, subscription revenue has all come in to create much bigger TV budgets, much more participation of movie actors in TV. And just to think of one show which is dear to my heart, "Game of Thrones," for example, I think it has the biggest cast of any show that's on TV today.

And this is all about the kind of budgets that television can support. So TV is now in a second golden age. And a...

And you think that golden age is mainly because of what forces? What's making this happen?

Bewkes: Well, really, one of the secrets about television today is there's all these channels. And everybody loves their favorite show. But as I think most people know, your favorite channel now may be different than your brother's or your father's.

So in the old days, everyone was sitting around. Every house had one television. And today, there's a screen for everybody. There's not only TVs across every room, but now – this is probably the untold story – television is taking over the Internet. And what the Internet does, is it...

Wait, say that again – so the Internet is not taking over television, television is taking over the Internet?

Bewkes: Television is taking over the Internet.

What does that mean?

Bewkes: Well, that means every one of the people watching this show can not only watch it on their television screen, they can watch it on any electronic screen they have. And it means that all of television, all your favorite shows, are now on-demand. You can not only watch what you want when you want, but you can take it with you. You can be watching GPS on a subway or in a car driving down the highway.

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  1. bobcat2u

    Two guys were in a bar, and they were both watching the television when the news came on. It showed a guy on a bridge who was about to jump, obviously suicidal. "I'll bet you $10 he'll jump," said the first guy. "Bet you $10 he won't," said the second guy. Then, the guy on the television closed his eyes and threw himself off the bridge. The second guy hands the first guy the money. "I can't take your money," said the first guy. "I cheated you. The same story was on the five o'clock news." "No, no. Take it," said the second guy. "I saw the five o'clock news too. I just didn't think the guy was dumb enough to jump again!"

    May 27, 2014 at 1:03 pm |
  2. bobcat2u

    President Bush has asked Clay Aiken to serve on the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. "Oddly enough," said Aiken, "the first person I get to meet with is the President."

    May 27, 2014 at 1:07 pm |
  3. bobcat2u

    A blonde entered a store to buy a television.
    A salesman approached her and asked if she wanted a color television.
    "What colors you got ?" asked the blonde.

    May 27, 2014 at 1:12 pm |
  4. bobcat2u

    A man walked into a cowboy bar and ordered a beer just as President Bush appeared on the television. After a few sips, he looked up at the television and mumbled, "Now, there's the biggest horse's ass I've ever seen."
    A customer at the end of the bar quickly stood up, walked over to him, and decked him.
    A few minutes later, as the man was finishing his beer, Mrs. Bush appeared on the television. "She's a horse's ass too," the man.
    This time, a customer at the other end of the bar quickly stood up, walked over to him, and knocked him off his stool.
    "Damn it!" the man said, climbing back up to the bar. "This must be Bush country!"
    "Nope," the bartender replied. "Horse country!"

    May 27, 2014 at 1:14 pm |
  5. chri§§y

    Lol @ bobcat...who knew comedy central was only a click away!

    May 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm |
  6. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    May 27, 2014 at 1:55 pm |
  7. Ferhat Balkan

    So true... I work in the tech field, so I have PCs all over my home (4 desktops and 6 laptops). I hardly ever watch TV anymore as I go through my daily routine of doing work. When I do get some free time, I usually play a PC game, read some news, or watch episodes from The Walking Dead or Game Of Thrones. Watching live TV and sitting between endless commercials has lost its appeal for me.

    May 27, 2014 at 7:33 pm |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

    "Golden age..."
    For me, a golden age was about 1950. My childhood friends and I could buy sheet music of popular songs or classical works, sit at the piano in the living room, and sing and play our own entertainment by reading what the Beatles later called, sarcastically, "the dots."
    Our reading and playing music was not unlike homemade performances during the time of Schubert and Brahms.
    It is interesting to compare school test results from periods during which most children read music, with test results of children during this Golden Age of cable television.

    May 27, 2014 at 10:06 pm |
    • rupert

      Joey, I watched back to the future with michael fox. The 50s were some of the best years in america,
      The rock n roll music, elvis, the cars, and on and on.
      If I could travel in time, I would go to indiana, 1956.
      Then to the roaring 20s. So cool
      Then to the gettsburg address.

      May 27, 2014 at 10:48 pm |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

        Who knew that I would agree with @ rupert on these subjects?
        I would like to travel back to the 1950s, and also to the 1920s. Cadillac fins, pink and grey, actors who did not look into the camera lens for publicity photographs, Rubinoff and his Violin, long limousines with the driver, then a chauffeur, uncovered from the elements.
        The Gettysburg Address? No. The stories handed down from my ancestors are too saddening.

        May 28, 2014 at 7:34 am |
  9. rupert

    To dazzle,
    Facepalm to u, quack!

    May 27, 2014 at 10:36 pm |
  10. rupert

    I took a friend to see dr. Dazzle last tues, and she made him worse.
    Now he not only sees s.pi.der.s, he hears them too.

    May 27, 2014 at 10:39 pm |
  11. rupert

    Quack! I won't report u to the appropriate medical agency if u sleep with me just once.

    May 27, 2014 at 10:40 pm |
  12. rupert

    One night of overwhelming passion, or your license?
    U decide, kid.

    May 27, 2014 at 10:50 pm |
  13. chri§§y

    Spiders talk? Lmao

    May 27, 2014 at 11:15 pm |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

      @ chrissy,
      When the children thought well enough to understand many levels of Walt Disney's films, spiders could speak significantly, and elephants flew.

      May 28, 2014 at 6:58 am |
  14. chri§§y

    Todays Quirkey News: A Michigan woman is sueing McDonalds because she found a "foreign object" in her breakfast burrito. What was it a real egg or something?

    May 28, 2014 at 12:04 am |
  15. chri§§y

    Lol @ Joey i dont think he meant "cartoon spiders." Or were you wishing to have a "debate" with little ole "wonderfully verbal me?" Just teasing you of course!

    May 28, 2014 at 10:20 am |
  16. bobcat2u

    A man and his wife, now in their 60's, were celebrating their 37th wedding anniversary. On their special day a good fairy came to them and said that because they had been so good that each one of them could have one wish.

    The wife wished for a trip around the world with her husband. Whoosh... Immediately she had the vacation tickets in her hands.

    The man wished for a female companion 30 years younger... Whoosh... immediately he turned ninety

    May 28, 2014 at 11:04 am |
  17. bobcat2u

    At the banquet of Tom and Susan’s 37th wedding anniversary, Tom was asked to give his friends a brief account of the
    benefits of a marriage of such long duration.

    “Tell us, Tom, just what is it you have learned from all those wonderful years with your wife?”

    Tom responded, “Well, I’ve learned that marriage is the best teacher of all. It teaches you loyalty, forbearance,
    meekness, self-restraint, forgiveness — and a great many other qualities you wouldn’t have needed if you’d stayed single.”

    May 28, 2014 at 11:08 am |
  18. bobcat2u

    A couple, in their sixties, was celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

    The man looks at his wife as asks “what would you like to do for our anniversary?”

    She then replies “we could run upstairs and make love.”

    He replies, “Make up your mind, we can’t do both.”

    May 28, 2014 at 11:11 am |
    • bobcat2u

      Whoops !!!! That's supposed to be their 37th wedding anniversary.

      May 28, 2014 at 11:14 am |
  19. zortilonrel

    Lovely just what I was looking for.Thanks to the author for taking his time on this one.

    January 4, 2021 at 2:51 am |

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