Tivo Enters the On-Demand Universe

Poor Tivo. This last gasp is too little, too late, I'm afraid. Comcast, et. al., have once again outmaneuvered the company. Nevertheless, this observation is worth repeating ...

Content on demand has long been a holy grail for Internet and cable companies as they try to create the next generation of television. No one yet has found a way to overcome key technological hurdles, such as finding a speedy way to pump two-hour movies through broadband, or convince Hollywood that it can profit from Internet broadcasts.

Still, broadband connections are picking up speed, and are moving closer to becoming a reliable delivery method for broadcast-quality video. Should the day come that video is downloaded at the touch of a button, some of the stakeholders in the sector foresee a vast video universe of endless variety.