AOL Confused Over The Difference Between Internet And TV

from the if-anyone-should-get-it... dept

Over the past few years, AOL seems to have made an art out of “not getting it.” Whether it was their decision to lock up content behind a pay-wall just as the internet advertising market was ready to be worth billions to their inexplicable and inexcusable failure to figure out how to play in a broadband world — the company has shown a real knack for missing the real value online. As the internet video space heats up, it looks like they may be doing it again. Just look at some of the comments from AOL head Jonathan Miller’s recent speech on the company’s online video efforts. He focuses on how the internet is a challenger to TV, but for all the wrong reasons. To him, it’s about choice: “the Internet is a mass entertainment medium, very different from TV, because people could watch any of the concerts going on around the world.” That sounds nice, but it’s missing the point. It wasn’t about the massive amount of content. If that were the case, then the various TV providers would just keep adding channels when most have realized that they’ve reached a pretty useful limit. No, the real difference is in recognizing that the internet is not a broadcast medium where users sit back and watch, but an interactive medium. That doesn’t mean broadcast style content isn’t important — it is — but the user experience is quite different. People go looking for content online. They comment on it and they share it with others. They don’t do that on the TV. With TV, people sit back and watch. The content comes to them, which is quite different than how most people view the internet. It’s also why broadband, by itself, won’t kill TV. They may compete for a person’s time, but they serve different needs. If anyone should get that, it should be AOL. Instead, we’re told that the internet will simply replace TV by offering more broadcast style content… just on demand. The power of video content online isn’t just in having more broadcast content, but in mixing it with any kind of video content and letting users do what they will with it. That’s where all the attention is these days — but, once again, AOL is somewhere else.


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dink9 says:

WHY!

i’m sorry but for whoever still uses aol…you seriously need to re-evaluate your existance. The world’s most buggy, most expensive, most controlled, most insecure, most filtered, most limited isp; AOL…Why, WHY would anyone use them? if its chat rooms you are addicted to, or the “you got mail” tune, you can download the tune and assign it to your own email box…you can get your chat fix via a million other free online chat groups… 25 bucks a month for dial-up…lol my dedicated hi-speed doesn’t cost that much and i don’t have a user interface taking up 1/2 my system resorces.

Mr. Joe (user link) says:

AOL is for Idiots

AOL has made it’s fortune becuase the buggy software is nearly idiot-proof. Any braindead chicken can use it. And given that most of the nation came into the internet age a little late, and they don’t want to spend time learning how to really use it, there’s AOL. It’s internet for idiots. Given that about 80% of the population is not computer savvy, you can see why AOL survives. The customers think they are getting something good, but it’s just because they aren’t educated enough to know what good really is.

I spend $53 a month for 8mb down and 768K up and I still complain about internet lag. God forbid if I had to deal with AOL’s lame broadband. My first DSL line was faster.

Jon says:

Re: AOL is for Idiots

This guy has it right.. AOL is for IDIOTS>..

I work for an ISP as a helpdesk technician part time… I had a customer call in.. I set them up with internet.. they call me back 10 minutes later “Its not working” so I ask what happens… they say “Well I click this Internet link..then it says I am now connected at 47000bps” then nothing happens… so I ask “Maam have you opened up your internet browswer?” and shes like “Whats an internet browswer” my next question is…

“Have you used AOL before?” and she says yes….

at this point I realize she is an idiot and does not understand what the internet really is….

like he said AOL is for idiots.. and there are a LOT of them.

Ben says:

Re: AOL is for Idiots

AOL’s broadband does suck. BUT – like I am right now – you do NOT need to have the AOL client open to use it. You do get 768K. In reality though, you are recieving about 100k download and upload. My dad (yes I live w/ my parents) hates me for not using the AOL client because he can’t track me in IE. I guess I am just one of those kids that can hack through anything, because when he removed IE from my computer, I used my backup copy of the IE folder to acess the internet. Then he wonders why he doesn’t ever see me online…..

Rick says:

Re: AOL is for Idiots

Calling 80% of the Web users “idiots” may be good for your ego, but it doesn’t accomplish much. I’m no fan of AOL either, but if 80% of the people prefer it to something else, then why doesn’t a competitor come along and write a decent system to replace it? Talk about market share… I think it’s the other ISPs who don’t “get it.” They should have had AOL for lunch five years ago if they were really that smart.

Once again: AOL has huge market share. Why? It gives people what they want. At least they’re smart enough to recognize that.

John Scott says:

AOL just does`nt get it

It has been years since I was a AOL member. I quit when I found out they where controling to much of my web content. AOL is still trying to do this control thing.

A person really does not need to pay AOL to enjoy the internet. You would think with all of AOL`s ties to media.

That they would learn this. Oh, and one more thing. STOP

sending everyone those stupid AOL CD`s!! AOL you could save yourself a bundle if you would stop!

jimbobber says:

Re: heh

40 Years !! Obviously you are out of touch with the reality of “advanced” technology as well as of the nature of lazy slobs such as myself. TV will not die, although its method of delivery might change slightly, because we couch potatoes have not the energy for extended interactive effort. TV is the perfect medium for me as it requires literally no effort at all on my part and when it does, I have only to activate a few brain cells in order to press the up or down button on my clicker. Improve on that!

cris says:

re: groan

What’s the three worst words a web developer can hear from a Client?

“I use AOL”

an amazing number of business owners think it’s the home connection of choice. It’s becoming a major red-flag, these clients are usually not worth the hours spent educating or handholding.

The list is too long but optimizing an already lean to the bone site makes it look like crap, being randomly blackballed by AOL because someone in Mexico has spammed your site… AOL is still linked with 14K modems in my mind and always will be!

Albeit, it is still the place to send elderly relatives who need someone to “chat” with at 3am.

icepick314 says:

AOHell

AOHell made it setup simpler so that’s why people still use it…automatic setup of dialup settings, network settings and so forth…

All the user has to do is enter login ID and password…

Other ISP is starting to send setup CD and step-by-step setup to users but it’s not as easy as AOHell….

god i love my Japan’s NTT….fiber optic DSL upto 100Mbps….i download anime fansubs and few TV shows on bittorrent network and i sometimes upload at 2MBps, not bits but bytes, and download at 1.5MBps if i get lots of seeds….

Asian ISPs are so much more robust and better managed than US or European ISP…if they can provide at 50+mpbs to users, then US can do the same….

Michael says:

money.

AOL is part of the giant media empire that has controled American media for decades, they don’t want the internet to be open and free, they are currently part of a plot to make the sites we visit pay them for being allowed to send content to its customers, meaning : if google for example decided they weren’t going to pay an ISP for access to its customers, then googles bandwidth would be severely limited for customers of said ISP. The effort to block this type of action was shot down by congress today, and with the power and money these companies wield, they will eventually get their way (they always do) They will use “child protection” and “anti-terrorist” laws to limit what we can see on the net, and slowly take away the freedom we enjoy right now, because as you all know “freedom” isn’t really allowed in the US unless that freedom can be controlled and enforced by the government… welcome to the new world order.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: money.

“they are currently part of a plot to make the sites we visit pay them for being allowed to send content to its customers, meaning : if google for example decided they weren’t going to pay an ISP for access to its customers, then googles bandwidth would be severely limited for customers of said ISP. ”

Actually its the telcos that want to charge for bandwidth. AOL is one of those the telcos want to pay. However, AOL did want to charge bulk emailers a fee to deliver their email…

Chris says:

AOL

I wholeheartedly agree with the author, but with a caveat: I think AOL will replace Television for the sub-culture that has embraced AOL to this point.

AOL’s largest problem has always been the fact they identify people who use AOL as standard-faire internet users, when in fact most are simply new users who found a very new-user friendly environment. For those people, they will gobble up broadcast content from AOL.

The rest of us will ignore it entirely.

AOL needs to learn to differentiate between it’s user base and the rest of the market, because they are two entirely different creatures.

JP says:

Why so angry?

Television programming is generally force-fed to viewers. You watch what they want you to watch, when they want you to watch it. You could have TiVo but you are still at the mercy of scheduling. The internet does offer the ability for viewers to search for and watch exactly what they want to watch, whenever they want to watch it. AOL simply offers more programming than other ISPs or websites because they can. What’s the problem with that?

Plus, AOL offers a more pleasant online experience for people (and there are many) who don’t understand the difference between spam and content or acceptable downloads and virus-ridden files.

Finally, I’d rather be watching a concert on AOL than reading such angry, inflammatory comments such as these but, alas, here I am — a glutton for punishment.

No, I don’t work for AOL and I don’t pay the exorbitant fees, but I do use it on occasion and, while I do think AOL is guilty of many things, I simply do not see even one comment here that is based on anything but pure, outrageous, bitter emotion — weird.

AvyTech (user link) says:

Re: Re: Why so angry?

See, as a former AOL user, I have to admit the world reknown fact: you’ve gotta start somewhere!

I’d been ‘using’ AOHell for years. It was free for me and it still lead to the same internet everyone else was using. I learned a lot and eventually moved on.

I STILL have an AOHell account. My godfather won’t stop paying for it… but then he’s a 60-somethin year old who barely uses the internet.

It’s all about ease of use for that company. They don’t have speed, but they’re easy. Americans like easy.

Bob says:

Re: Re: Re: Why so angry?

Sure, everyone likes easy, not just americans. We also like fast. Imagine how much money AO-asjkfiw–sorry I gagged. I’ll start over. Imagine how much AOL could make if they were easy AND fast. They could even LOWER their prices. Cheap, fast and easy? Wow, who would have thought there was money in it?

KillingAOL says:

Re: Why so angry?

The first thing is that AOL sucks. It is the slowest internet source. I used AOL only one time at a frends house to download an .EXE it took me five hours. In that time I could have downloaded the same thing around sixteen different times useing Comcast. If AOL will give people the ability to watch tv over their servers it could take for ever to get the show even in poor quality. Over all, I would say that AOL should be shut down because it is useless and to F-ing slow!

Anonymous Coward says:

The problem with Techdirt users is that while they do know a lot more than most, they also tend think they know more than everyone and that any viewpoint inconsistant with theirs is completely wrong. And despite all the negative comments I bet few if any of those responding have actually been to AOL.com lately.

First, separate AOL.com the site from AOL the ISP. One really has little to do with the other. Yeah, AOL is a poor excuse for an ISP.

But the wall around AOL.com came down in Oct 2005 and except for subscriber areas like AOL email the site is accessible to all via any browser. Took them a long time to figure that one out, but they finally did.

In Feb 2006 AOL.com had 73.3 million unique users. Only Yahoo, Google and MSN/Microsoft had more. AOL reached almost 50% of all US web users in Feb 2006.

While changes are being implemented slowly and the interface doesn’t suit my tastes in many areas, the AOL.com site today is a lot better than it was in Oct ’05.

And before selling them short as a content provider, consider the assets they have to work with : all of Time Warner’s properties; print, broadcast and everything else.

Some of the entertainment (music/video) areas are pretty well done. Just bear in mind the parent corp also owns a record label and a film studio that also does TV.

Which is not to say they can’t blow it, they’ve done that before, just that they have more to work with than any other property on the web. Time will tell if they can put it to good use.

(NB: I’ve never been an AOL subscriber, been on the net since ’89, have no relationship to AOL other than as a buyer of ad space, which I’ve been doing for 10+ years.)

Stuart J (user link) says:

AOHell=true.

Doe’s AOL ever get anything right? the buggy software, the overpricing and the whole email thing. unfortunately i have to put up with AOL (my bro is one of those idiots who doesnt know left from north, and doesnt like change) and it is truely idiotproof, if only it wasn’t the biggest memory hog (even mozilla with that page caching in the RAM thing enabled uses less). the day i found how to use PPPOE to connect was a day to remember…if then it didn’t randomly boot me from time to time (its better than the software, about 1 boot every 2 hours, compared to 10 every hour..)

AnarChaos says:

AOL & Internet

Mebbe that’s why most broadband Tech Support people (such as myself – I work for TimeWarner RoadRunner Tier 2) shake our heads when AOL clients call in for Tech support. Has anyone ever heard multitudes of jokes regarding “What’s Internet Explorer?” – thanks A.C. for this: “But the wall around AOL.com came down in Oct 2005 and except for subscriber areas like AOL email the site is accessible to all via any browser”

Don’t forget as well that AOL will be charging per Email for massbulk Emailings from companies/corporations so that the bulk mail doesn’t get “blocked” by AOL spam servers.

sigh (user link) says:

There is always that one percent...

There is always that one person who thinks they know politics or maybe knows a little and has this great conspiracy against the government and corporations. I am referring to Michael’s post.

First of all, I am not defending AOL at all. I also think AOL is a POS, but that is my opinion. I can imagine however my grandmother wanting to use AOL rather than a regular internet connection using some browser, and since AOL still exists, they obviously do have that user friendly niche covered.

“New World Order” – what a retarded phrase. If you are referring to increased security and some content control such as encryption export restrictions and what not… well, that was the American opinion post 911. Trust me, freedom was everything and most people at the Agency took great care not to observe your domestic transactions. Doing so, unfortunately also overlooks domestic resources that terrorists use. Then what? World Trade center collapses. Of course now, everyone is like WTF? so now you have more security. Of course you need to understand there is this relationship given our current philosophy and ethics between security and freedom. They are inversely porportional to each other. You want more freedom? You have less security. You want more security? You have less freedom. It is common sense. Not some government or corporation taking over people. You are forgetting that the government is: “the people” made by the people, and is for the people of the US.

Now, without further ado… Of course content will be managed on user friendly AOL. How many guys played Fable, Neverwinter Nights, or some really great RPG? You probably noticed that the best ones are actually quite linear, and do not offer to much deviation from the main story (even though they try to make it appear that way). Some even take a step further and allow you to maybe try to take two paths but you still end up folowing a similar scripted story. These are by far (rated not by me, but by the general public) the best games of all times. But… you didn’t have freedom, and your content and the story was controlled, but hey, they were entertained.

Now, you have games like Morrowind, or even the new Oblivion by Bethesda. These are very non-linear and in fact frankly, boring to many gamers as they lose track of the big picture. However, for the die hards, or advanced players and RPG’rs, this game was rated incredibly well.

So, no, the government is not going to take over. It will only operate at the current attitude of the current generation of people at this current time in life. Not some New World Order bullshit. That will dissolve just like it did years ago. In fact, you need to thank all those peace loving uber freedom I want to do anything I want attitude of people in 1974, because it was that privacy act that enabled modern technology on domestic lands to be taken advantage of by terrorists. But if you remember history, Americans at the “current time” the “current place” and the “current attitude” feared communism, and feared the “Big Brother is watching you” and that is why these executive orders came to pass later. That’s right, the people of the government made it for you. By the people for the people. Read George Orwell’s book called 1984 if you still would like to dispute this.

Read your history books and try working on both sides of the fence before you start trying to spam stupid conspiracy theories and company take overs and hi-jacking the internet and the so called “New world order”. If you really hate what there is to offer, check out China. I have been there. Then come back and tell me if America is really trying to screw you and your content. Oh wait… if your were to post something political on a blog there in China you would .. well you won’t be coming back to the U.S.

giafly says:

PodCasts are the Future

Re: “We will see video-on-demand (VOD) becoming dominant in the next few years,” he said, adding on-demand programming is clearly what viewers want..

No. No. No. VOD requires huge bandwidth for a satisfactory viewer experience – possibly excepting genre content such as live porn – because sound blips and variable frame rate are just too damned annoying when watching normal TV.

The future is in podcasts and “video-almost-on-demand” where the content is stored locally and the viewing/listening experience is perfect.

But I also disagree when Mike says “the real difference is in recognizing that the internet is not a broadcast medium where users sit back and watch, but an interactive medium”. I think it’s both.

Techdirt is already available on RSS. From here it’s a small technical step to providing podcasts. Even though podcasts are very like a “broadcast medium where users sit back and watch”, I bet you have them by the end of this year.

ATO - Friend of the Devil says:

A question of Target Demographics

AOL’s corporate strategy since its inception, referred to glowingly as “Internet for Idiots” strategy above, is dependent on not being first, not being cutting edge. While i personal hate AOL and delete/destroy it from pc’s in my charge at every chance i get, they do target a significant and viable market share. By focusing on ease of use and consistency AOL is marketing itself to Baby Booming, pre-information revolution consumers. More to the point, it achieves this very effectively. AOL’s emphasis on consistency and ease of use is possible by utilizing there market position to wait and see on internet improvements. AOL knows that interactive broadcasting is the future of digital media, however, with a preexisting infrastructure of interactability targeted at the hardest demographic to to teach/sell/market interactive online media too. When AOL’s position is threatened by a successful Real Time Web Broadcast product, it simply will imitate the design in there pre-existing non-tech savvy infrastructure or buy out the competitior.

Also, AOL clearly demonstrated knowledge and preparation for the REAL risk to ISP’s. By merging with Time-Warner Cable, AOL is already prepared to its next serious threat. The Future of Cable TV and Internet as forms of mass media/entertainment isn’t about the conflict/competition for market share. Instead the next real threat to AOL is the —- MERGING —- of the two media forms.

This merger is not only inevitable, but has already started. Tivo and DVR both update programming information through there parent cable companies pre-existing high speed connection. This will only evolve as the difference between a PC and TV cease to exist. More importantly to this attack on AOL corporate strategy is the pre-emptive merger with Time Warner that will in time have AOL uniquely placed to merge the product with TV media. AOL already has access to the important market setting demographic that must be conquered to propulgate a new technology.

ATO - Friend of the Devil says:

A question of Target Demographics

AOL’s corporate strategy since its inception, referred to glowingly as “Internet for Idiots” strategy above, is dependent on not being first, not being cutting edge. While i personal hate AOL and delete/destroy it from pc’s in my charge at every chance i get, they do target a significant and viable market share. By focusing on ease of use and consistency AOL is marketing itself to Baby Booming, pre-information revolution consumers. More to the point, it achieves this very effectively. AOL’s emphasis on consistency and ease of use is possible by utilizing there market position to wait and see on internet improvements. AOL knows that interactive broadcasting is the future of digital media, however, with a preexisting infrastructure of interactability targeted at the hardest demographic to to teach/sell/market interactive online media too. When AOL’s position is threatened by a successful Real Time Web Broadcast product, it simply will imitate the design in there pre-existing non-tech savvy infrastructure or buy out the competitior.

Also, AOL clearly demonstrated knowledge and preparation for the REAL risk to ISP’s. By merging with Time-Warner Cable, AOL is already prepared to its next serious threat. The Future of Cable TV and Internet as forms of mass media/entertainment isn’t about the conflict/competition for market share. Instead the next real threat to AOL is the —- MERGING —- of the two media forms.

This merger is not only inevitable, but has already started. Tivo and DVR both update programming information through there parent cable companies pre-existing high speed connection. This will only evolve as the difference between a PC and TV cease to exist. More importantly to this attack on AOL corporate strategy is the pre-emptive merger with Time Warner that will in time have AOL uniquely placed to merge the product with TV media. AOL already has access to the important market setting demographic that must be conquered to propulgate a new technology.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: A question of Target Demographics

re: A question of Target Demographics by ATO – Friend of the Devil

My goodness. Your ignorance is absolutely profound. Time Warner Inc. owns AOL. AOL doesn’t even have representation on the TW board.

Most of the facts and strategy you cite exist only in your imagination. Sheesh. Do some homework.

http://www.timewarner.com/corp/aboutus/fact_sheet.html

Hustin says:

AOL is so lost

AOL is lost once again, I had them years ago. It was the biggest mistake I could have made over the internet. They always seem to be lost, first “lieing” in there advertising on TV saying you can get Broadband internet, well if you actually go check it out you are through AOL server, but using another companies internet. As for the TV thing they are lost again, they don’t know anything.

Thomas Gossard says:

reply to AOL Confused Over The Difference Between

I agree that the Net will not replace the TV but for different reasons.

I watch alot of TV and curise the Net quite a bit. I look for online content with either system, have you never heard of channel surffing? I don’t surf the TV to the extent of the Net but that is a limitation on the number of channels and capability of the device.

I have watched movies over the Net and there is no comparison to a TV. A picture that can fill my 56″ TV is only a few inchs in size on a monitor due to the resolution difference. Most people when watching the TV are in a group setting or just relaxing. Watching a small picture in either case just don’t cut it. Try to imagine 3 or 4 guys huddled around a 17″ monitor watching the Superbowl, not gonna happen. People watching TVs only settle for small pictures becuase a big one is not avail. such as watching a movie on your laptop durring a long flight. Simple differences in the display quality of the two and cost of the display device will keep the TV around.

Charon says:

Tricky Bastards

Ok.. First off I hate AOL and I would love to bitch slap anyone under that age of 40 that uses it. However, AOL does provide a service that is obviously in demand. It provides a starting point for a lot of people without computer experience. What you need to understand is that AOL is not trying to make the internet better and all that. They are simply trying to make money and in that they are succeeding. If they can make money by charging inordinate amounts for a very slow connection etc… then the joke is on us. They’re getting rich by selling us shit and I bet you they know it.

Anonymous Coward says:

actually there is good reason why TV will be replaced by broadband, you guys have totally forgotten about the massive splash that media center PC’s are making, also with the DVD format wars with high definition media, slap that together with microsofts IPTV broadband streaming protocols, what does that add up too…

1) you are NOT limited by screen size, with normal pcs (or media center pcs) its easy to hook your pc up to your TV as the source monitor (u guys never heard of tv out huh?)

2) with high definition media starting to hit the shelves its only a matter of a few years until PC media goes the same way (vista with its ever increasing needs for high spec monitors and support for HD is just the start)

3) media center PC’s offer the ease of a remote control and a PC box as small as a friggin VCR, your telling me that people wont ditch a DVD player for a media center PC which not only allows them to watch TV via broadband streams (rather then through conventional ariels (which btw can get hit by poor reception where as IPTV doesnt)

im sorry but people why say TV via PC’s wont overtake are being pretty dumb.

A) in the UK digital streams are taking analogue streams over completly

B) granted broadband tv isnt big yet but why would you want a sky dish or cable box when u can just have everything (internet, tv, radio, etc) all through your PC, media center stuff is being eaten up by the masses.

C) personally i cant find fault in media via broadband, its going to be efficient (when the ISPS get decent speed lines up), its going to be unpixelated eliteness when HD meets the PC industry (only a matter of months / years) and its going to be dirt cheap (with no limit or governing body (the internet has no official governing body) IPTV is alike, not limited by who wants to buy air time (look at the free to view internet tv streams already out there)

fact is, AOL may be a crappy ISP but you look at their video they offer, full length tv shows from timewarner, possible movies online, u can see music videos from over 5,000+ artists, turns out in the internet wars AOL may be stupid but they certainly are less technophobic then disney or other related providers of entertainment.

granted this is the future but look right now on google for “Internet TV”, theres thousands of channels and streams (either video on demand or live streaming via IPTV and or real, quicktime, WiMP streams. the stuff is there, its just missing a little HD magic and a little more bandwidth for breathing.

also… the BBC are using IPTV to stream their media online so u can watch bbc channels via the net, you calling them stupid too? even though they have already got a few million ppl who are willing to subscribe.

sky allow you to watch content free (if your a subscriber to one of their packages) through the internet too.

oh and to the author of this article…

when im sitting in a few years with a high high definition TFT monitor (not long to wait) with a media center pc (ahh remote control and already avaliable), the possibility of tuning into digital tv stations on my 8mb line (BBC and sky already going live) with almost perfect quality, and thousands of worldwide stations i can either subscribe too, or tune into free (which already exist), will i have any use for a traditional tv set?

when my pc offers all the usual digital channels via a tv tuner card, online tv via streams on a hefty internet connection (which my isp is gunna have to 8mb in my local area by next year) and be able to pay and download, music, video, or stream tv… all on a high spec pc with a decent quality large monitor…

HA yea right whos kidding who, i love my tv tuner card and being able to browse the net, and watch TV, it saves me time, allows me to multitask and the only threat i can see of your tv solution going down the toilet is if we are unable to record or replay streams like our faithful DVD-R or VCR could give us.

DRM is the only thing which may put people off of IPTV but other then that, as mentioned above, you can wave goodbye to your traditional tv set.

the technology exists, its only a matter of time before you’ll wonder how you lived without it.

look at iTunes, their making a FORTUNE in downloading TV shows via the net, offering up streams for free (advert supported) or paid is just around the corner.

Anonymous Coward says:

do 80% of web users believe that TV will not be replaced by a more conveniant method then? because what your claiming is a pretty high amount, before you represent the “users” in their majority mabie you should stick to your own opinion like i have as it is not a waste of what is now an invalidated post.

a different system has already been developed which people have used in tune with their TV systems and PCs, its called TiVo if you’ve possibly heard of it 🙂

also: it hasnt been put into major production because at this stage there isnt the bandwidth or internet framework to support it, but with the next generation of ADSL which brings speeds of 8mb exceeding up to the insainly fast 24mb connections, average users will be able to benefit from the system.

also: if you actually did some market research you could find out that ISPS (at least in the uk) are already bringing forward the technology…

Wanadoo and Tiscali are examples who use video on demand and basic streaming until they can provide IPTV (which the BBC and microsoft are working with several groups on)

to finish off, freeview (free digital tv) has exploded in the UK with millions of users taking up the offer of one extra piece of hardware (set top box) to get better quality content to their tv sets.

if broadband offers more channels, same quality and with the use of DVD +/- RW’s and high definition then why wouldnt that 80% you mentioned want to use it.

i mean i know as a PC user i would rather be able to put the money i would spend on TV, set top box, VCR, DVD player, cables etc all towards a higher spec PC with a large monitor which i can do a lot more with.

ps: did you know the superbowl in the usa was broadcast free over the internet and became extremly successful? loads of people got told off for watching it at work, lol

either way, my points were justified entirely.

manson says:

i hate aol

AOL is a virus- id give anything to get that shit oit of my PC- dont use it at all but somehow it manages to virus its way into the picture. They are no help whatsoever if you find yourself in a mess (caused by them) and their neverending RACKET of always trying to sell something. Even with a billion pop-up blockers, there is aol’s shit covering the screen with ads. How can anybody be stupid enough to use their on line virus

manson says:

i hate aol

AOL is a virus- id give anything to get that shit oit of my PC- dont use it at all but somehow it manages to virus its way into the picture. They are no help whatsoever if you find yourself in a mess (caused by them) and their neverending RACKET of always trying to sell something. Even with a billion pop-up blockers, there is aol’s shit covering the screen with ads. How can anybody be stupid enough to use their on line virus

Chaz says:

Aol is a resources stealer!

Aol is a virus! period! It loads software that basically hijacks resources for itself.
The code is purposefully written this way and creates processes that stay running all the time . even if you close aol.
AND even if you disable it on start up.
It just keeps popping back up and reloading itself and changing YOUR settings back to itself. the only way to disable it is to go into system control tools like msconfig and costume configure your start up settings which of course most people are not educated enough to do and scared to screw something up. And then if you don’t do that correctly it will circumvent your efforts and reload itself anyway. As well reconfigures your setting again if you use it again and without asking YOU on YOUR computer! THIS IS SPYWHARE! Plain and and simple. AOL could easily make there software give up using your computers resources when shut down like most other programs do and stop running background processes. but why don’t they? because they want to keep creating attention to themselves so you will be prompted to view there content and advertising. they put stuff in your start bar and system try and wont let you have any option to disable it. unless you know how to get around them and most people do not and they exploit this fact. this is scummy to say the least.
they are basically suffering from narcissism.
Sort of like a Paris Hilton. they don’t make anything productive just draw attention to themselves. its the typical corporate mentality and sickness that has been fed to us for years. and yes maybe not an outright conspiracy per say but a cultural phenomenon with an insidious under hidden agenda. that of selling you crap! that’s AOL motivation pure and simple, follow the money! but the problem is they are DISHONEST and do all this under everyones nose and behind your backs. and yes old people and uneducated people have no issue with it cause it babysits them. but for me spending hours trying to get the infection off my computer and seeing how fast it got after the fact was prof enough its a virus! period! And another example of corporate GREED infecting us all psychologically and technically and HURTING people. and thus the current financial disaster we are in as example. And to Invoke 911 or “terrorists” whenever anyone confronts the government misuse of its charter is just like AOL’s Abuse of your computer. Its abuse of power and ITS WRONG! And taking away a persons choice in the matter is fascism period. and if you advocate that mentality then you too must have fascist leanings just like AOL does!

WTF IS A SLOW INTERNET OH YEA ITS AOL says:

every single friend that ive that had AOL every time they deleated AOL there pc always get infected after 2 days of hell trying to install AOL it was so slow horrible internet connection so i when i tried to eliminate aol once it was installed my pc shuted down
when i started my pc suprise it dint uninstall and i had a f****** virus sorry for my bad english but im from puerto rico

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