Convergence is finally reality

As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I’m working on my predictions for 2007. An event today gives me the chance to jump-the-gun on one of them: 2007 will be a watershed year in the establishment of true internet/television convergence (we’ve been talking about it for at least a decade). Two items to note here. One, AT&T is launching its broadband TV service today with 20 channels, including Fox News, the History Channel, the Weather Channel, the Food Network, Bloomberg and Oxygen. Why would I want to watch what’s essentially cable TV on my computer, you ask? I learned yesterday that, beginning in January, one provider of plasma and projector televisions will begin building them with the broadband connection and computer contained within the product. While it’s already possible to view broadband TV in your living room, this will dramatically move convergence forward by combining the technologies required.

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