Internet Video I agree. Internet video will never come close to what we know as TV today and eben tomorrow.
Who want's to watch video or TV programs in little windows on a computer when it can be viewed on big flat screen TV's hooked up to surrond sound?
Where I see 'internet video' going is delivering the programming to a setop box or computer so it can be recorded onto a DVD or other media. This is why all the ISP's are going crazy trying to install bandwith meters. So they can set a cap and then charge you for going over that cap. They know that once a complete library of entertianment is available people will access it. Just like Rhapsody and itunes.
Internet for Entertainment There is only one ISP that is doing Internet for entertainment and when it goes into an area where cable is in they lose most of their customers to this ISP. I mean they drop all their service and this is the reason why Comcast wants to buy NBC to take away the free entertainment of NBC. The result is fight against rural America which I don't think they will win at all. There is also the biggest ISP in the country against this deal and so it may a natural death. Comcast knew they were taking on rural America and didn't think they would fight. They are mistaking and rural America has told Congress they don't want their support for broadband as they have an ISP that is doing everything that they want without begging got service. So the result is rural America is getting a fist rate system. The President Obama is making sure they get the bandwidth. This is why they will give a pass to hom as he is the only helping them get broadband and they know without him it would stop as Congress would stop it immediately. So if you see what will happen is he helping and was the only one doing it. They are seeing the results and more jobs in their area and compete with the cities and suburbs for jobs. They also know they are getting at a reasonable cost and it is first rate.
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just a few words to ponder Sezmi
One of the biggest problems to uptake to me is content provider paranoia about how their products are consumed (or alternatively, copied/distributed). When Hulu for example makes it against their ToS to download their video files into MythTV (or a plugin for it) so that I can watch the programs with my familiar MythTV interface/controls, I don't want to use their crappy Flash viewer (lacking frame advance/back, configurable skip fwd/back, bookmarking, and yes...the dreaded ad skip)
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I've.. been watching all my tv/movies through the internet for the last 5-10 years.. I guess I'm just a rare one
Internet TV I believe this report is stating that while there are new and upcoming internet television products like;
WhiteHatt Internet TV (»www.whitehatt.com)
Netgear, Sony TV, Apple TV, etc.
These will be available, or are already on the market in the coming months-year, their market share will take a decade to become truly relevant. They don't take into account that nearly 25% of Americans have already dropped Monthly Pay services in exchange for Internet TV they set up themselves. This estimation should be closer to five years, and I would expect that the cable companies are working on technology to provide Internet TV as a service in addition to cable in order keep a hold of the people who are to lazy to change. There are always tons of people like that.
Does it matter who the winners are? Whole argument seems rather odd from a consumer perspective-- one way or the other, premium content will be controlled primarily by the big guys, whether those big guys are todays cable/telco companies adding on Internet content and IP delivery, or some major content providers with huge network/CDN deals. People like Internet video because it brings choice and control for very little money. But todays model doesnt scale. If everybody cut the cord, wed all end up paying the money some other way either through new subscription content models, or higher broadband connection costs.
So from a consumer perspective, does it matter who wins? Not really. We benefit from the competitors trying to outdo each other.