The Future of TV
by Rael Dornfest
MIT's Technology Review takes a gander at the current state and future promise of TV. 'Go to your local electronics store and you'll probably hear the same pitch I heard from Mitch, an overly exuberant sales guy. "This is the future of TV right here."' Screens are bigger and crisper. PVRs are a partially-there solution at best. Pervasive digital broadcasts are still way off (2006 at the earliest). Interactive TV may as well be in the realm of AI. Oh, did I mention the bigger screens? But is bigger anywhere in the neighborhood of better? "We want a new entertainment experience, not just a fancier image. Test failed."