PVRs mean trouble

Deep trouble ahead
Diane Mermigas, Editor of Television Week, is someone who really “gets it” when it comes to the trouble TV stations are facing. In this chilling article, she introduces Bernstein Research analyst Tom Wolzien’s idea that the TV industry needs legislation to curb the growth of Personal Video Recorders (PVR). PVRs are postmodern tools, because they empower the user and allow them to participate in their own viewing experience. I’ve written often that video news of the future will be “on demand” (VNOD), and devices like these enable that. The day will come, however, when TV and the Web will be one, and everybody will have their own PVR, of sorts.

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