Friday, April 20, 2007

The Broadband Incentive Problem

This article on the 'the broadband incentive problem and the economics of prime-time HDTV is worth a look.

I spent years in the late 1990s telling people - particularly commercial lobbyists - that they were underestimating the barriers to Web-TV.

Their arguments went as follows
  • Web-TV is almost a reality now. Any day....
  • Web-TV is hard to regulate
  • If you try you will choke investment
  • Therefore, you should abolish the BBC, rather than leave it to twist in the wind
  • This will secure investment into original audiovisual content
Ten years later, with a robust and secure BBC, I reckon they were wrong.

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