Telecom's Next Big Thing? Yep, You Guessed It — Video Calls
from the not-this-again dept
Phone and cable companies’ businesses are becoming more and more similar as they move to converge communications and information services. Now, despite the failure of pretty much every attempt to get people to use and pay for video calls, apparently the missing link has been a lack of integration with the TV set. Accordingly, cable and telephone companies have high hopes for video calls via TVs, which they hope to introduce in three to five years. It’s hard to see people’s lack of interest in video calls changing anytime soon, and banking that it will because they can do it on their TV is pretty unrealistic. It’s not as if people can’t do video calls or video chat today if they want to, whether on a computer or via mobile phone, it’s just that they don’t want to. “We haven’t reached that tipping point where it gets exciting to people,” says an analyst. Anybody waiting for that tipping point is bound to be waiting a long time.