Hmmm. Don't you hate it when you have to change your opinion about something?
Here I am, all set to trash DTV as pointless because we already have Quicktime, and as doubly pointless because I don't want to watch videos on my computer, and, oops, it's not pointless.
Damn. Drag me kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I'd never watched RocketBoom or Diggnation before, and you can probably guess why: I'm too damn impatient, and I don't want to have to clean up the downloads. I'm lazy, demanding, have low tolerance, and video belongs on TV anyway, right?
Well, maybe not. DTV takes the pain out of this stuff, allowing me to subscribe to channels, downloading clips in the background, and deleting content automatically. DTV also runs through my subscriptions automatically; once I've started watching, it keeps on going to the next channel.
I'm not entirely without disdain for Internet TV, however. I'd like to see the video integrated with html so I can click on links that give more information about things mentioned in a show. The shows do this at their sites, of course, but DTV doesn't bring that information down. I also still retain my impatience with the spoken word: I can read far more quickly than anyone can talk.
But.. I do find that I can listen to DTV in the background while I work, and switch to it if I hear anything interesting. In that respect, it's better than radio - I can back up and replay, etc. But.. it's still so slow - because talking is slow.
Video RSS feeds are still relatively new. I'm sure we'll see more improvements as time goes on, but this can't escape the basic fact that talking heads can never transfer information as fast as reading.
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