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Global Television And Other Possibilities.

The networks abilities were to be used so as to allow any user connected, to have access to every television broadcast in the world, local TV networks, national and international broadcasts, NBC, FOX, and SKY. The end users could link into the network and select any one of these feeds, giving the viewer access to every TV show or network in the world all at the touch of a button. I understood the problems involved in trying to get TV companies to co-operate in such a venture, but this may not have been as hard as it might first appear.

Linking to the databases should have meant that TV companies should have been able to reach an even bigger audience. They may even have had to have paid, the operators of the network to reach the networks audience. This should have increased the systems popularity and once advertisers seen that they could have reached an even larger audience, then TV companies, may have been forced to add the network to their delivery capabilities.

The incorporation of intelligent hyperlinks was seen as way of allowing users to pull up all sorts of interrelated material on whatever they maybe watching, like Sky' s active and plus systems, but much more sophisticated. As end users progress into Internet HDTV, VR glasses, projectors, and any other display technologies that maybe developed, the network was seen as being ready to supply these users with all of the virtual content they could ever want and all from a single source.

The always-on nature of broadband setups, means that, end users will probably prefer to subscribe to just one content provider (i.e. just like subscribing to cable or satellite). Although many TV companies will be able to reach there own audiences many will not, so the networks operators were seen as being able to offer a service that allowed all TV companies and content producers a one stop solution so as to reach a potential global audience.

The system was to offer the users an easy to use interactive hyper linked virtual TV guide, especially to the large amounts of potential TV content available, this could have given the proposed network along with its operators, the advantages needed to grab a huge potential audience, over and above other network operators. This was seen as being a good reason for why TV content producers may have chosen the proposed network as part of their distribution chain. This would have come down to the uptake of the databases by network operators and the linking of the databases, via their own high-speed links. This was about getting as many systems as possible to software host the databases, so allowing the network to spread into the envisioned global virtual network.

TV content should be seen for what it is and what it will increasingly be seen as, which is just another form of software. The conversion from analogue to digital in all forms of the medium, will mean that not only will TV content be transmitted, stored and manipulated digitally, but it will also mean that it will be much easier to install interactive elements. This is why the proposed purely software based virtual network, should have had the edge over more conventional networks, trying to supply this future incarnation of interactive digital television (IDTV). The database network was to offer a global solution allowing any user connected to eventually gain access to every TV show they wanted. So no more time shifting programs, just the programs the user wants, when they want them. Along with all of the other information the viewer wanted or needed about the programs / movies etc they maybe watching. In other words, related hyperlinked data, e.g. access to online discussion groups, online fanzines and VR tie ins etc, its the EPG of the future and increasingly of the now.

The internet plus your PC and large screen hang on the wall TV's, will all be connected and eventually tied into one device, that will be voice operated, which will allow you access to your new VR worlds.

Internet based TV streaming, (IPTV), has been around for a while, the database network was seen as taking this concept to the next level.

Also see Broadband TV streaming, plus if your one of those people who can't even program the video then don't worry, because the EPG of the future, will learn what it is you like and then store it for you, without you even asking.

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