Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The end of TV?

It’s far from earth-shattering to say that the Internet is changing everything — from print (obviously) to DVDs (check out this article on Apple’s move away from DVD-creation software, as more people simply use the Web to share and store video). But I didn’t realize TV was as threatened by the Internet until I read a story in today’s Globe (originally published in the Guardian), entitled “‘Godfather of the Net’ predicts the end of TV as we know it.”
     In it, Vint Cerf, one of the original researchers who helped build the Internet in the 1970s, says that the television industry is rapidly approaching its “iPod moment,” referring to the technology that has decimated the music industry as we once knew it. An excerpt:

“85% of all video we watch is pre-recorded, so you can set your system to download it all the time,” Cerf said [at a TV-industry conference in Edinburgh]. “You’re still going to need live television for certain things — like news, sporting events and emergencies — but increasingly it is going to be almost like the iPod, where you download content to look at later.”

1 comment:

Polly said...

It may be the end of the television SET, but it's just the beginning of on-demand serialized entertainment!