Lots of stories appearing in print and online are validating our “Cutting the Cable” prediction that people are moving away from cable.
Here are some recent validation:
- WSJ: “Glenn Beck Rallies Troops for Revolution Against TV“: I didn’t expect to agree with Glenn, but he’s right. People are now actively looking for alternatives to traditional TV networks that they can access from their PCs, tablets and smartphones.
- WSJ: “Plans for ‘TV Everywhere’ Bog Down in Tangled Pacts“: provides insights how “TV Everywhere” is more at the concept stage, and has not yet reached the service phase. This article makes the point that it’s not so much a technology issue that’s holding back “TV Everywhere,” as much as it is the legal/licensing issues that are gumming the works.
- NYTimes: “Netflix Said to Be Aiming for a Cable Partnership“: Again, it’s not the technology, it’s the licensing.
- WSJ: “The New Cable-TV Guy: Intel; Chip Maker Working on a Web-Based Video Service to Compete With Cable, Satellite Providers“: Intel wants to get in the video streaming game (can’t really call it just TV anymore).
- NYTimes: “DVRs and Streaming Prompt a Shift in the Top-Rated TV Shows“: Oh yeah, DVRs are not dead. Yet. But the shift in viewing habits is already here — the tech and legal solutions have to catch up to demand, in our opinion.
In going through some clips, we realized there’s one story prediction we did not make — but should have. We think that the car of the future will continue to be a big ongoing story trend. The car of the future includes all sorts of built-in technology like web access, iPod/iPhone/iPad interfaces, etc. as well as the big concept: the driverless car. Google and others have already demonstrated driverless cars. But there are legal and security issues involved before driverless cars go mainstream. (Based on the people I see driving around me, personally, I can’t wait for driverless cars — they’ve got to be safer!)