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Speaking to fellow “world leaders” at Davos on Saturday, Bill Gates gave television five years to live. Granted, Microsoft has their own IPTV effort already working in Switzerland, so this could just be a really hard sell to the Swiss audience. “I’m stunned how people aren’t […]

Speaking to fellow “world leaders” at Davos on Saturday, Bill Gates gave television five years to live. Granted, Microsoft has their own IPTV effort already working in Switzerland, so this could just be a really hard sell to the Swiss audience. “I’m stunned how people aren’t seeing that with TV, in five years from now, people will laugh at what we’ve had.”

373406063_3dccfda800.jpgAs Download Squad points out, this isn’t exactly a cutting edge prediction. Maybe he ran into Chad Hurley, who explained that this whole video on the internet thing could be big — huge even — and got excited. Meanwhile, today Bill’s busy lowering his standards and appearing on regular old TV — the Daily Show on Comedy Central, among others — to promote the release of Windows Vista. Though if I were Bill, I’d leave the funny to Demetri Martin.

  1. […] Can’t really argue with this. Bill Gates says T.V. is going to be history within 5 years, to be replaced by the internet. With products like Slingbox and Apple TV coming out to a hungry consumer base, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. […]

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  2. […] Conclusione di questa veloce rassegna stampa: sempre da Davos, Bill Gates ha affermato che la televisione nei prossimi 5 anni cambierà radicalmente il proprio modo di essere. Microsoft ha già da qualche mese lanciato in Svizzera, in collaborazione con Swisscom, una forma rudimentale di un proprio sistema di IpTv con centinaia di canali. Il sistema è chiuso e potrebbe risentire la forza propulsiva di sistemi più aperti, come Joost. Spesso la comunità che si forma accanto al prodotto è fondamentale per lo sviluppo del servizio e, come dimostrato da YouTube, l’attenzione che viene data all’utente stesso può rappresentare il successo o il fallimento di una tecnologia. […]

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  3. […] Not to sure about this prediction. Bill Gates says T.V. is going to be history within 5 years, to be replaced by the internet. With products like Slingbox coming out to a hungry consumer base, this shouldn’t come as a surprise that he thinks this.       […]

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  4. Of course, the “people will laugh at what we’ve had” bit should be understood as a sudden outburst of humbleness. As Microsoft is as of today a major supplier of IPTV solutions to the world’s largest telcos.

    And of course, The Bill is right. In 5 years, we’re going to laugh about a lot of things:
    - M$ Vista, as it’s successor will look a lot like OS-XX
    - yer olde style walled garden IPTV, as current deployments are just DSL-broadcasting solutions
    - and not to forget our blurry 2007ish definitions of IPTV (as in U-verse) and broadband tv (as in YouTube). Because the definition of TV isn’t “a moving image on an electric displaying device”. That’s why DVD isn’t tv, nor is meditating in front of your screen saver.

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  5. […] Bill Gates spoke this week about IPTV at the World Economic Forum in Davos giving his vision of where the technology is going, saying it will completely change our viewing habits in the next five years. We’re still waiting for the crossover in the content of television and internet, although YouTube has made a few crossover stars along the way (as one of Shiny Media’s writers experienced firsthand). […]

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