Special Note: Please note that this scenario is meant to be read as entertainment, not as an accurate prediction of the future. Also note that the viewpoints and opinions that may come across in this scenario are not necessarily the viewpoints and opinions of the author.
By the year 2019, it will be possible for viewers in outlying rural and some suburban areas to pick up an average of 72 channels using a digital television nanoantenna.
Picking up frequencies and channels that even a roof-top antenna can't pick up, it is possible to receive channels from up to 1000 miles away without resorting to free-to-air satellite television or costly subscriptions to a satellite service. In the more rural areas of North America and in the United States of Europe, it will become more popular to get channels this way then through pirating American satellite signals. However, this does not prevent television from being banned in the year 2040 due to graphic violence and strong sexual content in more than 90% of contemporary television programming.
Urban people will be stuck with an increasingly expensive cable service that will come out of a nanosatellite dish (that only rich people and cable companies will be able to afford until the year 2029). Satellite nanodishes allow viewers to watch channels from any continent in the world; regardless of geographic location. For example, a Japanese man will be able to watch European, Japanese, and North American channels on his satellite nanodish receiver without having to modify the coordinates of either the receiver or the dish itself. Only one satellite nanodish will be needed to collect all the world's channels (but the most popular will be the channels from the area that we currently refer to as the continental United States).
All channels will be free-to-air and legitimate under the satellite nanodish service (as the product will cross many satellite companies and there are too many currencies to keep track of in order to maintain a proper payment bureau). Eventually, all the satellite companies will merge into a single UN-owned satellite company for streamlined service. Which is ironic because the United Nations will ban the sending and receiving of all television signals in 2040 due to excessive graphic violence and extremely strong sexual content.