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BROADBAND EXPLOSION

Ofcom predicted that virtually all British homes - 99.6% - would have access to a broadband connection by the end of this year. By 2010, it suggested that more people could be watching television over the internet than via analogue sets.

Television took 30 years to reach a mass audience - broadband has taken three. Can you imagine a world where videoblogs compete head-to-head with television online? Many videobloggers already live in that world. Television will still have all the advantages of scale, but by virtue of being online the playing field is more leveled. Just like some videoblogs look like television now, I imagine some television will start to look like videoblogs. Oh, what a crazy mixed-up media world this is. Give me my FAX machine and my 8-track tapes!

Also: Check out JD Lasica's reponses from movie studios to his request to excerpt a few seconds of their films in his home videos. More sad proof that corporate copyright holders are ridiculously out of touch with their audience, Fair Use, technology, and reality.

(I'm still needing to read J.D.'s acclaimed book DarkNet: Hollywood's War Against the Digital Generation)

July 14, 2005 at 06:20 AM in Copyright, Media, Videoblogging | Permalink

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Wow! This is exciting news. I remember, way back when, how cool it was that I could talk on the new cordless phone (one of those BIG ones) outside the front door! Now I really feel like I'm part of the big wave of technology!

Posted by: beavela at Jul 14, 2005 7:41:10 PM