A few weeks after Aereo started offering its service in New York last year, big entertainment companies like Fox and ABC sued on copyright infringement allegations. Letting the Aereo ruling stand will be a key step toward giving people the content they want on the device of their choice.
Accessing television shows has never been easier, but this blessing has a lot of consequences. Now that TV-watchers are no longer confined to prime time, the question isn't when are you going to watch your favorite shows, but how?
Looking at the hard trends around us, it's clear to me that the real future of television is apps. Have you ever wondered why you can have 500+ cable channels and nothing to watch? It's because you don't have AppTV.
Even though the Boxee box delivers a great experience, consumers want to cut down on their set top boxes, not add new ones in. By building it into the TV, it helps manufacturers differentiate their flatscreens from the competition.
Fear not: web content saturating your TV does not imply a decline in quality. Production costs have dropped significantly over the years, and a lower barrier to entry has created a level playing field.
Even as 3d television is getting all the headlines today, flat screen TVs with internet connectivity are spreading across the market with amazing speed. Who will control the software platform for this new world?