Time-shifting is very cool, a great way to enjoy the medium, the wave of the future, etc.

But isn’t it ironic, how the broadcasters have most of these programs as individual pieces on tapes or hard drives and spend considerable effort putting them together so they fit together snugly one after another in the broadcast, only to have us spend considerable effort tearing them apart into separate programs on a hard drive afterwards.

That’s going to have to change.

As an aside, Larry Lessig mentions Japan, where people have 100Mbit/s ADSL connections for USD40/month (1:13:37). That kind of speed increase (I’m on a 512Kbit/s connection) opens up a whole new class of possibilities.


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