ExtremeTech writes today about the progression of technology that has improved the consumer experience. The broad reach of radio broadcasting, the portability of the Sony Walkman (with the iPod Video the zenith of this trend) have revolutionized how consumers utilized new technologies. IPTV promises to be the next in pattern:
The technologies surrounding Internet Protocol (IP)-based video, or IPTV, promise to similarly transform how we interact with both live and recorded video. IP's impact overall will be greatest on the consumer experience, making video as portable, customizable, and usable as the iPod has done for recorded music.
IPTV will have a remarkable transformative effect on how video is produced, who produces it, what a consumer wants to watch and how they watch it. Control shifts away from a few powerful broadcast interests and into the hands of the consumer. Now that’s revolutionary.