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Which Technology Is Headed For the Chop?

April 21, 2011 by  
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When products get cancelled they start the mind thinking on what other technology might not be long for this world. That’s the topic for my latest feature at the newly redesigned TrustedReviews

 

Which Technology Is Headed For the Chop?

Without warning Cisco closed its Flip pocket camcorder business this week. The news was a surprise, but on reflection we should have seen it coming. Even mid-range mobile phones these days offer high quality video recording and simple upload and editing functionality. Which got us thinking: what other products could soon face the technological scrapheap?

 

Satellite and Cable TV Sky and Virgin may dominate premium television in the UK, but they will increasingly feel the pressure from Internet-based streaming media. Services like BBC iPlayer, 4oD and ITV Player have become hugely popular with mainstream customers in the last few years and the convenience of on-demand programming from vast online libraries makes even relatively advanced platforms like Virgin’s new TiVo digibox look antiquated by comparison.

 

 

Naturally onscreen UIs and controllers will need to evolve, but the dawn of phone apps provides a great opportunity for simple, intuitive and powerful virtual remotes. Free services like Freeview could be harder to unseat, but the newly unveiled unified streaming TV service, which will unite the BBC, ITV, BT, Channel 4, TalkTalk, Arqiva and Five will have a mighty presence. Especially with Sky’s interest already suggesting a sense of ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’. Major challenges remain such as advertising and consistently fast and ubiquitous broadband speeds, but the benefits of connecting a TV directly to the Internet should see it win through in the long term.

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