The Future of Television Has Arrived
The news this morning that TiVo and Amazon have teamed to allow a direct download of Amazon Unbox movies to TiVo units - eliminating the computer as part of the transaction - marks a step toward the future of television.
The days of a signal coming in to the living room screen over a cable connection or a satellite feed may be numbered. Likewise, the battle over HD DVD and Blu-Ray - the new high-definition formats for high-definition DVD - could be moot in the future. If the Internet becomes the utility to deliver music, television and now movies in the home, why would we even need DVDs or CDs for entertainment?
It likely won't be long until Apple moves this way, as well. Apple TV is close behind - but still requires users to download movies and TV shows to the computer and then synchronize with the unit connected to the TV. That unit is already linked to the home's wireless network - how long until there's just a button on the remote with a menu of movies and TV shows that can be delivered with one click (of the remote, not the mouse)?
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