Ep 26 of 2010
June 28, 2010
When it comes to watching TV, time's are a changing, and never faster than it is right now. In recent times, we've ditched the old boxy 4x3 CRT tvs for 16x9 flat screen LCD panels promising crisp, high detail images in both 2 and 3 dimensions.
Very soon these screens will move yet again to OLED or Organic Light Emitting Diode technology – not to be confused with LED tvs currently marketed by some.
However, and more importantly is evolution of content delivery. It wasn't so long ago that the only way we could watch movies and programs on our living room screens was via free to air broadcasters, subscription TV, and the ubiquitous DVD.
Today these traditional delivery methods are rapidly losing ground to internet or IP based systems. Internet speeds to most consumers are now seeing new players move into the content delivery market and becoming content suppliers in their own right such as Telstra, iiNet and of course Apple.
One of the benefits of IP based delivery is that consumers can now watch TV at a time that suites them. Rather than being in fromnt of the TV at the time a network dictates. So now we are beginning to experience Video on Demand, something that the rest of the world has had for some time.
Australia's government funded broadcaster, the ABC has been at the forefront of VOD technology for some time with it's iView offering. iView does not offer streaming of ABC channels, only delayed viewing of programs for a couple of weeks after programs have aired. It's probably only a matter of time before this facility is added. Other Australian networks have dabbled in this are but none to the level and success of the ABC.
ISP's such as Telstra are tinkering with content provision with products like Bigpond TV. Testra's latest offering is T-Box, an all in one device which gives access to free to air TV, Bigpond Internet TV channels and movies.
iiNet have their offering called Fetch TV, which according to their website brings you world class digital TV with movies, programs, games music, and interactive applications – all packed into a brand new set top box.
It's also worth mentioning organizations such as Sony. Sony have recently launched the Playstation store which offers a wide range of downloadable content both for purchase and available free of charge including full online games, add-on content, playable demos, and now movies from the Sony catalogue. Movies are available in both HD and SD for both sale and rent.
So will the next generation of PVRs be lacking a TV antenna jack? And what of the future of Free to Air TV stations who treat their views with contempt? Who will be king of content in Australia in the next decade and beyond? One thing's for sure. The days of the local video library are definitely numbered.
This week on TTR
- Electronic program guides (EPGs) finally know when shows run late, but Freeview are still making it hard,
- Consumers sue Apple over iPhone antenna problems,
- Google rumored to be prepping a social network,
- Portable hard drive hit the 3TB mark and
- Whirlpool suffers Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS) from the other side of the world.