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On Media Convergence and the Rise of Broadband Video

  • NY Times, Wednesday, January 25, 2006 10:30 AM

I love this line in today's Times article about media convergence: "Yet for all the time that media executives had to prepare for convergence, they are now scrambling to figure out what to do about it." Amen. All this talk about interconnectivity, home media centers, wireless this and that, and I can't even buy the specific cell phone charger or the specific USB cable I need for my camera at a local electronics store. Convergence is finally possible in a technological sense, but now, instead of expanding our media horizons and making our lives better, it's become time-stuck again, mired this time in proprietary purgatory. My ramblings and ravings aside, the Times today offers a good, succinct history of broadband video's slow and sometimes painful rise to prominence. In short, it's all about broadband penetration and the lure and ease of consumer-generated content that's bringing more people online and away from other media. Then there's the inherent challenge of the next step: a successful business model.

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