Poor Baby

Posted by Mitchell - April 30, 2003 (entry 30)

I saw this story as the lead front page article in today's Financial Times. If you believe Michael Powell (and who does?), it would seem TiVo, along with satellite and cable, is putting a serious crimp in broadcast television, saying it's under dire finanical threat. (The article also first talked about the June 2 vote that everyone in the media activist community already knows about.)

He might be right for once. But this isn't a terribly new point. There's been talk about how the broadcast media in this country would be forced to adopt a pay-per-view model if current trends continue. This would be the height of irony: 80 years ago the Nazi National Association of Broadcasters lobbied hard and won a "free" media model, and may now see it go into the toilet.

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