Golden Age of Internet-based TV

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  1. Rickaren

    Rickaren New Member Staff Member

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    It's the dawning of the Golden Age of Internet-based TV

    By Bill Husted

    Friday, Jan. 28, 2011

    In most homes today, the way we watch TV is no different than it was back when Lassie had audiences panting for more.

    The programming available is still determined by large media companies. For most of us, it's the same deal as it was for my parents. You select what you watch from a menu determined by others.

    Over the past few years, thanks to high-speed Internet service, a quiet revolution has been brewing. As that revolution comes to a boil, it will make 3-D TV and the move to HDTV seem trivial.

    If I'm right, you'll soon - and I'm talking the next few years - routinely sit in front of your big-screen TV and select from programming from around the world, moving from a comedy on Ireland's RT... network to a drama aired in the 1950s by the BBC.
    But that's just the start. If you wish, you can have a steady diet of Jackie Gleason. Or watch documentaries from dawn to dark. Whatever your tastes in TV, you'll be able to easily indulge them, no longer forced to select from programming determined by someone else. For the first time you'll be in control of your television.
    This change is well under way. A relatively small group of people are already doing all this at home. But even if you are in that group, the big changes are yet to come.

    Access to content widens

    Here's how things have progressed so far.
    All this started when the giant bandwidth of high-speed Internet made it possible for television stations and media companies to pipe programs into homes using the Web. And outfits such as Netflix began offering movies for instant download using the Internet.

    Once a startling innovation, the DVD started to look like an old-fashioned and clunky way to watch movies. There is no longer a need to go to the video store, or to mail away DVDs that you've seen.
    But like I said, that's just the beginning.

    As often happens, it took a combination of changes, of shifts in the landscape, to create what will become a technological avalanche.
    For one thing, the fact that the cost of distributing video over the Internet is almost trivial opened things up to new players.

    The ability to distribute programs easily and cheaply let companies such as Apple, Hulu, Google, Boxee and countless others to begin offering, via the Internet, a wide range of programming: movies from the big studios, TV shows both old and new, documentaries, almost everything that has been recorded on either film or video.

    But in these early days, the programming, while popular, has been relegated to a relatively small group of viewers compared with those who get their TV from cable or satellite.

    Manufacturers have started marketing HDTVs with Internet connectivity that brings the content I've described to the big screen in your den or living room. That's fine for those ready to buy a new TV. But many of us have already purchased - for big bucks - an HDTV without that ability.

    Luckily, the aisles of consumer electronic stores are crowded with devices that open the content up to you. There are DVD players (priced under $200) that can pipe all this to your existing TV; or you can pick up a game console like the Sony PlayStation that can do the job.

    No matter which device you choose, there's usually no software to load. All that's required is a wired or wireless way to connect to the Internet.
    I grew up in the Golden Age for broadcast TV. I think this is the Golden Age for Internet-based TV. And this is just the dawn of that age. New devices that go beyond today's Internet-connected TVs, DVD players and the like will widen the amount of programming even more as they become easier to use and less buggy.

    Huge shift beginning

    For now, the best shot for an easy-to-use way to sample these new offerings is through an Internet-connected TV or one of the add-on devices that I mentioned. The picture quality is excellent and the hassles few. But this is the beginning of a huge shift; truly, you ain't seen nothing yet.

  2. lucas710

    lucas710 New Member

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    Thanks, the text looks perfect, great news :)

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