Tuesday, January 17, 2006

REVIEW / Online video face-off: Apple versus Google / Tech giants hope TV show downloads are next big thing

"In just a matter of months, online video has become an obsession among Internet companies, which hope to become the television channels of the future. Consumers, the theory goes, would tune into shows on their computers or mobile devices in what is known as digital convergence.

Today, only a smattering of prime-time programs are available online. But more are expected as Google and Apple, in addition to an array of other firms, seek deals with Hollywood to bring sports, news, film and television to a computer screen near you.
Over several days, The Chronicle tested both Google's and Apple's video offerings to see how they measured up. The verdict? Although online video on demand offers significant promise, it falls far short in key areas that -- unless addressed -- may keep the format from going mainstream. " (more)


Verne Kopytoff, Chronicle Staff Writer
Monday, January 16, 2006

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