[opendtv] Boston techies envision TV's on-demand future

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  • Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 23:15:56 -0500


Boston techies envision TV's on-demand future

By Scott Kirsner  |  December 6, 2004

At the end of a boisterous dinner, after several glasses of good red 
wine, technology entrepreneur John Landry pulled out his iPaq 
hand-held and beckoned me over to his side of the table.

"You'll think this is cool," he said. "We call it Tiny TiVo ."

Suddenly, his iPaq began playing the opening segment of the "Today" 
show, recorded that morning. For kicks, Landry had tweaked software 
made by his company, Adesso Systems of Boston, so that it would 
transfer television shows recorded on his home PC to his hand-held, 
allowing him to watch them whenever and wherever he wanted.

Illegal? Possibly. But cool? Definitely.

Boston isn't typically thought of as a hub of the entertainment 
industry. But Boston techies are envisioning the future of 
television, from nifty tricks like Tiny TiVo to massive 
video-on-demand systems like those sold by Maynard's SeaChange 
International and deployed by Comcast .

The next generation of TV would hardly be recognizable to Philo 
Farnsworth, the farm boy who invented the medium. You'll choose 
exactly which shows you want to watch, and watch them on your 
schedule, on whatever device is most convenient. You'll even be able 
to "edit" a show yourself, choosing to watch only the scoring drives 
from Sunday's Patriots game, or just the stories from the local news 
that relate to your neighborhood. The ads you see will be tightly 
targeted, pitching Jordan's Furniture and Brinks Home Security if 
you've just bought a new house, for instance.



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