#5. Watch Prime-Time TV
We already live in a world of Hulu, HBO Go, YouTube, OnDemand, TiVo — pretty much everything except for good ole prime-time network or cable TV. The days of scheduling around TV shows, watching Sunday morning cartoons or (God forbid) sitting through commercials are old news.
And while cries about people “cutting the cord” may be overwrought for now, it’s really only a matter of time before they come to fruition — and companies like Time Warner Cable (NYSE:TWC), Cablevision (NYSE:CVC) and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) will have to find ways to adapt.
Comcast, though, at least offers Internet access — a good sign considering that streaming video seems to be the future. Most college-aged kids stream shows and movies in their dorm rooms already.
Even DVD players will probably be phased out — just as VCRs were — and, heck, now-struggling movie theaters may no longer exist, either. Sorry, Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE:RGC), IMAX (NASDAQ:IMAX) and Carmike Cinemas (NASDAQ:CKEC).
Why pay 12 bucks for a theater ticket (and another 10 on snacks) when you can buy a film in the iTunes store and stream it on your Apple TV? And why rush home to catch a 9:00 sitcom when it’ll be available on your laptop whenever you want the next day?
The answer is simple: People won’t.