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Five Technologies Changing Video

What’s NewTeeVee going to look like in three to five years? It’s not that far away, but we’re imagining it’s going to be a light year from the video-viewing experience from five years ago. Yesterday’s video sharing sites, cameraphones and high-definition promises are the mainstream realities of today. In reading recent stories, we picked out five fundamental advances that should be mature shortly.

Don’t let the cheesy synth soundtrack fool you in the video above — you’re going to be interacting with concert footage, tour photos and liner notes from your favorite band with technology like this multi-touch display from Perceptive Pixel. And if you’re frustrated with ham-handed video search, terrestrial broadcast quality, cable cartels and high-definition clips stuttering on your ‘puter, just wait.

The Reality of IPTV: It’s all bits as far as the series of tubes is concerned. Why would I buy cable, phone and internet services separately? Oh, right, local monopolies and well funded cable and telco lobbyists. The choice is going to be between fiber and wireless, and hopefully both will be at least partly municipal and totally neutral. I’m already getting most of my video content over the web, and the rest via optical media. Soon, so will my parents.

3.6 Million IPTV Subscribers in 2006 [ZDNet]
AT&T adds two more IPTV markets [C/Net]

Frickin’ Supercomputers: While linear, procedural programming is struggling to take advantage of the multicore processing movement, video and graphics software is extremely well-suited to the exponential growth in parallel processing power that new chips will offer. This means better quality effects for low budget producers and much, much cooler games. Not to mention live data visualization mashups and more responsive interactive video.

The Promise of Personal Supercomputers [MIT Technology Review]

The Death of Analog: While you’ll still be able to decorate your set with rabbit ears, unless you have a digital box mediating the signal between them and your old set, you’ll be stuck with static. There will still be terrestrial broadcast and cable providers exclusively for video, but refer to number one for the writing on the wall they’re confronted with. The good news is more radio bandwidth for wireless data transmission. Watch for a run on VCRs and video tape collections by nostalgic hipsters and pirate stations broadcasting indie rock videos from undisclosed locations in Brooklyn.

Campaign to educate public on digital TV switch [C/Net]

Video Search and Programming: Yes, I know I harp about ‘findability’ all the time. While YouTube used to have that, “You can find anything!” feel to it, new search products will be able to spider thousands, if not millions, of sites for video (and check for digital watermarks while they’re at it) to get you to the source — even search for faces or dialogue from keywords. And everyone from your stoner buddy to car companies will have their own ‘channel.’ With archives available on demand, natch.

40 Percent Frustrated with Video Search [Search Engine Land]

Touch Me, Feel Me TV: If you think home shopping networks are just too complicated, wait until you can drag and drop that Hummel figurine from your screen into your shopping cart, navigate 3D video panoramas of ski resorts, and double-tap a movie preview to start downloading the whole feature. At home, there might not be a remote to lose, as gestures will allow you to control and interact with content like a maestro. It’s no “Evangeline Lily hologram in your living room,” but it’ll still be pretty rad.

Multitouch Everywhere! [A Whole Lotta Nothing]