Will the Internet ever be borderless so that we can truly view, share and engage with any content anytime, anywhere? As it stands today, media and entertainment assets are negotiated on a country by country basis. In Canada for example, we cannot use HuLu as its content is not licensed for use here. What will it take for media and entertainment organizations to develop border-free business models that provide all consumers worldwide access to their content? And if this dream became a reality, how would it affect cultures? I would argue that Canadian content should be distributed and sold worldwide so that the world can appreciate our culture and talent. However, would our culture suffer in any way from an open Internet where all content from all other countries makes its way into our lives? I doubt it, as Canada is made up of a variety of cultures so such a business model would only enrich our worlds. To achieve the vision of a borderless Internet, drastic changes would need to be made to our policies and laws. So I don’t see this happening too fast but hope it can be a possibility.
Changes in the Pay-TV/media industry are taking place at very fast pace all around the world, except in Canada. This change is spurred by the increased availability of online content. Customers in the USA, for example, are obtaining more and more of their content online and watching it on their computer screens or on their TV via a […] Continue reading →
I was fortunate to attend the London IPTV World Conference this week. For those who are not familiar with IPTV, it is the ability to receive your TV programming via the Internet rather than Satellite or Cable. Normally this is done via a Set Top Box (STB) either wireless or with an Ethernet jack. The Xbox and […] Continue reading →