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The future

Leaning forward and leaning back

The incredible changes wrought in television in the last few years did not happen in a technological and commercial vacuum. In truth, television is busy redefining new roles for itself as it competes against the world of multimedia computing. It may well be that television, as we know it now, will eventually be swallowed-up into a high bandwidth World Wide Web (WWW). This chapter examines some of the forces at work in television today, and predicts (by looking at the current work of the Moving Picture Experts Group) what the future will hold as this century progresses. Business pages of newspapers tend to regard the competition between television and multimedia computing as the great theatre of ...

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