My 2 cents.

Author:Serafini, Dom

It might be interesting if TV trade show organizers finally gave up on all those conferences during the shows, and instead put together a panel of hands-on experts from various fields in the content business so that, together; they can come up with a unified vision of the industry s future.

"A New research says that you can now eat two eggs a week," my cardiologist told me before adding, "but do it fast, before we change our minds."

Research into the past is much like medical research. It's one thing one year, and another the next. Indeed, the past is very fluid as history often depends upon whom and when you ask.

In his 2003 book A Short History of Nearly Everything, American author Bill Bryson mentions a story about German physicist Hans Christian von Baeyer discussing a conversation that Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard had when explaining his desire to keep a diary with German physicist Hans Bethe: "I don't intend to publish. I am merely going to record the facts for the information of God." "Don't you think God knows the facts?" Bethe asked. "Yes," replied Szilard. "He knows the facts, but He does not know this version of the facts."

It's clear that the past is opaque, but what about the future? Well, there the horizon is even murkier. Take Pluto for example. Sometimes it's considered a planet, and sometimes it's not.

In television, as in other fields, the future also depends upon whom you ask. Technologists have their opinions. So do the advertising people, the creative people, the TV outlet operators, and the regulators. Media pundits express dual opinions on this topic and people tend to dislike both of them.

There are diverging opinions among experts in each and every TV specialty, depending on whether he or she works in broadcasting, cablecasting, webcasting, creative processes, production finances, investments, and so on.

Some experts predict the end of broadcast television, saying that broadband is going to replace airwaves. Others note that airwaves and broadband are the same thing, therefore broadcast TV won't die, but evolve. Pessimists are positive about the end of linear television. Optimists note that linear TV viewing is still rising and that no...

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