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Business of Digital Television by Chris Forrester

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From dumb box to television that’s alive

Digital … Convergence … Super-highway … MPEG … The web … Pick whichever term you like, it really doesn’t matter because our digital future is here now. All we have to do is open our eyes and recognize the signs.

Here are the hard-headed views of some of the industry’s leading prophets:

The notion that TV and/or the Internet will mean anything to somebody in two years is irrelevant. It is my belief that currently the term ‘television’ doesn’t even have the same common meaning that it did even two or three years ago. It is totally changing.

Steve Billinger, then head of BSkyB’s interactive division, September 1999

IP networks are removing distance from the equation. So I can easily see the Hong Kong ...

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