With all of the new technology and online innovation going on, it will only be a matter of time until we see complete convergence between electronic devices, the internet and broadcast television. While the TV has been the key media distribution channel for years, it will one day be obsolete and a space taker in the garage. Just as pagers have been replaced, along with 8tracks and record player; the d-day will happen for our television friend.
Perhaps we will start to see the phase out of traditional television when online data-transfer speeds increase and it is more mainstream for all TV shows/movies to be streamed online. Hooking up your PC to the plasma in the living room will essentially turn the TV into a monitor and the PC into the content provider. Taking it a step further, I think it is realistic to expect the computer electronics arena to become even more portable and robust; essentially running everything from you cell phone. A device the size of a Palm Treo will pack the hard drive space and power of a sophisticated home computer and it will hold your entire movie/music library and all other files for that matter. At home it will just slide into a docking station that hooks up to a monitor and plasma screen in the living room where you can do all of your computing on a larger screen, surf the internet, tune into CNN news or your favorite show on ABC in HD quality, watch a movie, video conference with family across the world, or just about anything else you can imagine. I don’t think we’re that far off…
Lots of talk has circulated around about this, and I'm with the party predicting a complete merge in the future where a PC/internet connection will essentially drive all media through a small device. -- Music/Video, streaming HD television, endless communications.
To the Moon,