August 30, 2011

Internet "Tele" Vision

Horace Dediu, writing for asymco:

"So as far as having a vision of tele-vision, the answer is not to graft technology onto an archaic value network, but to build a new value network around new technology."

Dediu's insightful explanation of why Internet television solutions have so far failed to gain a foothold in the marketplace. Hulu, Apple TV, Google TV all provide varying degrees of easy access to TV content, yet usage number for these services remain low.

DVR technology remains the exception, wildly succeeding at altering the delivery mechanism. Why? Because the content providers have no control over the use of home recording equipment. They litigated and lost that argument at the dawn of the VCR era, and DVRs are simply digital improvements upon that old, analog technology.