OK, I could not resist the headline… Actually, what I mean is that broadcast TV is bankrupt and as a consumer, I am demanding access to video content of my choice, on any screen I prefer, at any time I prefer, and I am willing to pay a lot of money for it. The technology has been here for a long time, but old media, who still (at least legally) controls content has so far not succeeded in delivering the solution.
I am in NYC this week and being here reminds me both about the available content that I would demand (if only it was offered to me) and that the technology has enabled the U.S. customer to get a similar experience to the above.
What I have in mind can be attained today, fairly easily, although it would involve breaching some laws. I’d have to set up a server in the US, get a cable tuner next to it, and hook it up to a DVR and a SlingBox. Wİth the server I can purchase the content offered online in the U.S. (typically blocked to Turkish IPs) like the shows on NBC or iTunes. With the PVR and SlingBox, I can stream live or saved content to Turkey. I would pay for the services (cable) and the pay-content.
I can not understand why this valuable an experience is not offered to me by the media/telecoms industry when the technology is so readily available? When I don’t have this option what do I do? I watch less video content, and when I do, some of it is pirated.
Don’t even get me started on the zones for DVDs! That’s for another post…