Television’s obsoletion: The revolution will not be televised

The television of the future will provide entertainment on demand; whatever, whenever, and wherever you want. It will be far superior to TiVo, which only lets you record the programming that your cable or satellite company offers. It will outshine Apple’s new video iPod—who’s going to watch an hour-long drama on a 2.5-inch screen, anyway? And it will be far more grandiose than even that Qwest ad from the late 1990s, where a motel clerk tells a traveler that he can watch “every movie ever made, in every language, any time, day or night” from the comfort of his room.You’ll not only be able to watch every film, but also every TV program, news show, documentary, music video, and video blog, and all of it will be playable wherever you go. Great, you think: Thousands of channels, millions of choices, and still nothing worth watching. Nevertheless, “nonlinear TV”—watching the tube on our schedule, not the broadcasters’—is our destiny.

Read The Death of Television from Slate

Because copyright laws gum up the process of archiving TV footage, nobody is tracking and indexing TV the way librarians do books and movies. This means scholars can’t access materials simply because they aren’t findable. As Ubois points out, “No single comprehensive catalog of television broadcasts now exists in the United States.”

In an age when digitization technologies would allow us to store all of TV history in a server room and make it fully searchable and accessible to the public, this is simply ridiculous.

Read Annalee Newitz’ editorial Television is History from Alternet

For Fabris, the Internet is ultimately not a particular “media,” but a virtual space where all nature of multimedia may be delivered. Fabris put forth that it would be theoretically possible for a brand to cease using “traditional” media because the Internet becomes “the media,” by delivering any and all information and entertainment. So, “The media will be the Internet,” someday. For now, interactive complements, and integrates with, traditional media, Fabris concluded.

Read Donna Bogatin’s The media will be the Internet and Google to TV networks: Believe in YouTube at ZDNet

Previously from WNM: Nielsen ratings moving way way past TV, NBC moving towards web friendly models, Will your computer ever be your TV? and In an Ad-driven market, what medium will replace TV?

Update: Google: YouTube won’t cannibalize TV from ZDNet

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  1. Pingback: Television’s obsoletion or television’s evolution? « What’s New Media?

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