In his post the other day, my esteemed colleague mentioned his preference for watching televisions shows online with sites such as Hulu. He mentioned the “brute force” distributor control that is slowing things down. He said more, and I agree with most of what he said. I won’t repeat it; you can read it on your own. I want to chime in though (be forewarned, I can ramble like the best of them).
I derive a geeky pleasure from reading tech blogs like DVICE, and reading about future technologies being worked out by company labs now. Sometimes, though, the technology we are aching for as consumers is actually a few years old. Our economy and our society’s technological gumption both rely heavily on competition. When companies are locked in battle, fighting for market share by creating the best product, the consumer and technology both benefit. When their hearts aren’t really in it (as I would assert is the case going on with Sony and Amazon with their readers), the consumer and technology suffer.