Back then, a TV season was 26 weeks. Now, it's 13, or even less. Growing up in the '50s, there really wasn't any videotape at broadcast stations. If anything, someone filmed a TV program and then that could be rerun. Video tape started to be common in the mid '70s (I was working at a PBS affiliate when the got their first portable tape rig). As to "original" source content, have you noticed the proliferation of talent shows, quiz shows, and the like? Having amateurs on instead of highly paid stars keeps the production costs down. Then there's the "reality" shows---more like surreality, right? I can proudly say that I've never watched any of the Kardashian nonsense or any other shows of that ilk. At least the production values have gotten better. Commercials are still as stupid as ever, but they're slicker. (enough with the emu and the lizard already). Wrestling (another genre I don't watch) has gotten slicker as well (from what I can see in the promos for it). One major loss we've suffered is the news. Now, we get pundits expounding their take on the daily goings on of the world. We don't have the folks that would just relate the news without giving us their two cents worth of editorial babble. Where's Walter Cronkite when we need him? There are fewer dramas these days than ever. Costs are too high for stars and writers and such. We still have cops, lawyers, and doctor shows, but they're getting rarer all of the time. As it has been said before, there's nothing new under the sun.