[opendtv] Re: something

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 13:26:57 -0500

Craig Birkmaier wrote:

> Viewers, expecially younger viewers, do not think in terms
> of networks or channels. They think in terms of content - the
> shows that they will commit to watching on a regular basis.

Perhaps, but I doubt that's only "younger viewers." I think anyone who
watches their TV non-real-time, or heck, anyone who watches a TV with a
remote control, which by now ought to be about everyone with a TV,
thinks "content" rather than "network." For instance, I only think
"network" to the extent that I find myself recording mostly stuff from
CBS and Fox this year.

> I have seem my daughter and boyfriend become converts. When
> they moved into the house I am remodeling for them in June
> they had no TV. They quickly added a cable modem, but NO
> CABLE, and started watching TV on their computers.
>
> Now that the house is almost finished they have installed their
> 61" Big screen TV and have added HD cable. But they are still
> watching many of their favorite programs on their computers,
> on demand.

Just as I thought. As you move away from dorm rooms, or your room in
your parents' house, the exclusive use of small portable appliances for
*everything* will probably diminish. For example, even the iPod will
find itself on a dock, so you don't have to walk around the house with
plugs in your ears all the time. And you don't have to hide in your room
watching your favorite shows on a 1.5" screen, becaue now there's no one
else hogging the 50" set in the den. It's yours!

> Netowrks do not stand a chance in a world where people are
> only loyal to the content. Too many hours to program with
> little expectation of profits...

This I don't understand. Networks are the source of most of the "good"
content. I'm not talking about You Tube funny stuff, but real story
telling.

I think a lot of this hand wringing about where the networks are going
is overdone. The networks, i.e. the congloms, will go on creating
content. The distribution media will no doubt change over time. But I
don't see the trend being more walled gardens. If anything, Internet,
which is as unwalled as you can be.

Bert
 
 
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