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BBC to bring the Internet to TV

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 21st 2009 9:32AM
BBCThere has been a slow merge of Internet and television functionality into one unit. The Telenet, perhaps? Or Intervision? The BBC looks to take that one step further by joining a consortium of companies intent on bringing Internet services to British television sets. It's a controversial move and nobody is more pissed off about it than cable TV provider, British Sky Broadcasting. After all, they have the most to lose.

I recall reading once that when the Internet became popular, it drove down television viewing. This seems an obvious solution to that problem but it opens its own set. It begs the age-old question: who pays for it all? How will it make money? Of course, if the Beeb didn't already have answers to these questions, it wouldn't have joined the consortium.

It also has the added benefit of no longer requiring a computer or handheld device to access the Internet. What do you think of this new concept?

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As I understand it, the point of this project is to help people watch all the existing online TV catch-up and video sharing sites on their TV instead of their computer. The idea is to create a common standard for set-top boxes that can then be used by multiple box makers and content sites so you don't end up with a BBC box, a Hulu box, a YouTube box, etc. That seems like a sensible idea.

December 21 2009 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

New idea? They're have been several failed attempts at this. WebTV anyone?

December 21 2009 at 11:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Arc|Angel's comment

and to think I wanted that as a child. anyways ppl tend to learn from their mistakes and in these troubled economic times I doubt sum1 would sink a large amount of money into a big risk.

December 21 2009 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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