Bridging the Internet and the TV

Today’s announcement from TiVo regarding downloaded Internet content available on a personal video recorder got me thinking about how independent content authors now have the same path to the end consumer as Viacom, Disney, and General Electric. As I read the New York Times article profiling the new TiVo service, RSS enclosures came to mind. Microsoft might still use IPTV, but other software manufacturers can build support for RSS enclosures into their software with little overhead. What does this mean to the average user? Average users are able to push content to targeted subscribers. It could be the latest video feed of a rock band’s concert, or a child’s birthday party video sent to family around the globe, but it will be waiting for the viewer on a variety of devices. Only bandwidth stands in the way.