Many people think the future of video content is “via the Web”. And by “future” I mean they think “in just a few years”, not a decade or more.
It’s interesting that as consumers continue to upgrade both home audio and video at near record breaking rates, we are talking about the chance that much of the content will be provided online – compressed, at a substandard quality to make our new TVs look no better than the ones we had in 1975 were.
I certainly won’t be satisfied watching highly compressed video on my HD xx-inch television.
I understand and agree that a lot of content will come via the Internet, but I don’t see it replacing physical media (CDs/DVD’s/Blue-Ray, HD-DVD, etc) any time soon. Not until I have a big fat darned pipe into my house. And that isn’t happening any time soon.
I do have a 42″ Sony Plasma. I often get the same programming on both HD and non-HD channels at the same time (like Sunday Night NFL Football). Last night my HD went out, although the non-HD NBC channel still worked. And I was ticked – I pay for HD TV, and after watching it for a couple of years it is really very difficult to imaging not having it. I was ticked enough to let Time Warner know about it.
So why would I settle for low-resolution video streamed over the Internet as a replacement for high-resolution video streamed over cable? I won’t.
Internet video will continue to grow as a market, and it will continue to take over new spaces (cell phones, etc). But it won’t take over the living room – not until I have a pipe big enough to feed my HD TV.