The day that radio broadcasting is replaced with client server IP based delivery via a rented medium and implementing tracking and monitoring systems while requiring TV's to begin running antivirus software is the day I get rid of the TV and read books instead.
Or will they provide free bandwidth and ISP connectivity al-la Freeview or must everyone be able to afford to rent a pipe or rent data over 5G to watch what was once, free to air? Will there be "free to IP"?
I have a degree in CS and work in IT and I have to say I quite enjoy having devices that simply receive data broadcast to them, for free with no rental etc. A simpler state of being, simpler technology. After 5 days working on windows and linux systems at work I love a lazy saturday morning where I simply turn on the TV and have it dumbly display episodes of Lovejoy, live, till 10 am when it stops and I must naturally get up and do something else. The PC is off, I'm not watching youtube while having breakfast like I usually do during the week, no, I'm just watching dumb live TV, the adverts come and I get up and brew the tea or start breakfast. My phone? Upstairs, left there till later in the day when I rejoin the ever connected "you will answer!" world.
Live TV beats streaming in 1 regard, I cant easily binge it!
Being a bit of an enthusiast in radio comms as well I also enjoy the tapestry of radio uses we have, however it looks like all spectrum will eventually be bought up and monetized by mobile networks because they can suck money off you for a mediocre amount of data.
I'm someone who likes replacements for things to actually, well, replace what came before. That means they must be fit for purpose and thus not just replace the older thing simply because its shiny, but also replace and implement all the functionality of the old (at least the functionality that is used and not just sitting there). Thus if I'm to have to accept I will have a TV that communicates to central servers everything about me, displaying notifications, listening to my voise, watching me on its webcam, that is vulnerable to attack via IP etc, then it had better have a "free to IP" mode, that has free bandwidth and network access to view free services. Charge me a subscription to view Sky 1 etc but ITV and C4 are ad supported and thus must be free, at least their main channels.
One day I will have a pension and I will give up streaming at that point as I want the money to go into heat or eat, thus I will be sitting in my chair watching daytime TV for free as pensioners do today. If it is IP TV, or a BBC streaming service, it had better be free for my aged self, data, and all. I think many think that serving pensioners and the "digitally excluded" is just a thing for today, the old folks who never really touched a computer or got on the internet. But thing is, they will still come, although I'm on the net now that is not to say I will be able to do that when I can barely hold a mouse. I might be fit as a fiddle and still coding, then again I may just want to listen to the archers or watch last of the summer wine as I wait for the gardener to finish the lawn.
Some may say "you'll have an alexa" and I say lol, if I hate the idea of every device I use in my home reporting back to home base, why do you think I'm in a hurry to get an Alexa?
If in about 40 years I dont age well, and I choose to dump the TV due to excessive costs, I may just have to sit there and stare at the garden all day, every day, isolated. There wont be any banks, my smartphone is no longer supported because people dont use smart phones any more (use the imagination), there are no libraries to visit as all books are online now, there is no newspaper because who wants to have daily news given to them, I cant recognise the pub as pubs are no longer anything like a pub anymore, the post office is a thing of the past I recount to disbelieving young members of the family I see a few times a year with their strange gadgets I fail to grasp because I keep comparing them to X86 based systems and Linux and my old trusty commodore 64 that I may remember how to program clearly yet I have no clue how the hell I should update the wifi password.
If we stop broadcasting I hope they make IP TV's that just switch on and start playing. No passwords, no sign ins, no subscriptions. Sometimes I want to get away from all the IT and just have a power button, when I'm old and doddery that may be all I can fathom.