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"TV Channels are history" - Tim Berners-Lee

 
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colby



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:40 am    Post subject: "TV Channels are history" - Tim Berners-Lee Reply with quote

"The man credited with creating the web says that television channels will be history and that the internet should be able to offer a random access library of anything that has ever been broadcast. Twenty years after a modest proposal for information management that has become the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee says the concept of a channel will no longer be relevant on the internet."

http://informitv.com/articles/2009/07/15/timbernersleesays/

I couldn't agree more!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just so long as they never remove the Off button, they can do what they like.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RockitRon wrote:
Just so long as they never remove the Off button, they can do what they like.


There's an "off" button everywhere.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know about you, but I have no desire to watch tv programmes on my pc, there is no substitute for a nice big telly and a comfy sofa!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

me neither... no substitute for a tv.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MadeinSurrey wrote:
Don't know about you, but I have no desire to watch tv programmes on my pc, there is no substitute for a nice big telly and a comfy sofa!


And you still can - even if it's been downloaded or streamed - via a direct digital connection or even through your WiFi router - like I do.

Consider how things have come on in just 5 years. "Video on the internet" (even the BBC) meant a small window containing stuttering video in the god-awful Real Player. Now, with the switch to Adobe AIR and Flash, we're able to stream pretty decent quality full screen.

I've been catching up with the excellent C4 Gerry Robinson series on my laptop away from home. The quality is very good indeed (all things considered) and I was quite happy to take advantage of this style of on-demand viewing.

Within 2-3 years, the video and audio compression used for such distribution will be comparable to over-air digital TV and we'll be downloading programming at times to suit us for display on our large-screen, flat panel displays.

After all, you can do this already with internet-connected Digital Media Players and - in the case of Apple - the Apple TV device. So you don't have to watch on your PC - you can watch it on your HDTV display through a DVI/HDMI connection.

Mind you, it won't be long before the "TV" and the "Computer+display" are one and the same thing anyhow! I have a large 24" Apple iMac and the quality of digital TV playback on that (well, this, as I'm using it right now) is excellent. When used with a HDD media player and direct link to a larger HDTV it's near perfect - and that's for stuff like HD video podcasts that have been downloaded from the internet. We're there already - if we choose to be.

What disappoints me is that the vast majority of people who buy HDTVs to keep up with the Joneses are watching mostly Standard Definition programming. In my view, it actually looks worse than watching on a standard CRT TV. To get the most out of HDTV you need to be watching HD content otherwise there's no point in using it (unless you simply want to save space).

We'll never get enough bandwidth to serve all the channels' needs via conventional methods without screwing MPEG-4/H.264 compression to an even greater degree, so it will be faster internet based on fibre-optic that will make this possible.

That's why I think Tim Berners-Lee is absolutely right in making his comments. The future of TV lies with the internet and traditional TV is dead.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But, I've just signed up with Virgin and there's only one HD channel on offer?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:
But, I've just signed up with Virgin and there's only one HD channel on offer?


There you go then..........! My point entirely. So - for freedom of choice you'll have to turn to the web for more HD content.
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