Second post in the same day? I'm on steroids today!
Honestly, I love the idea of P2P TV. And yes, networks and other copyright nuts will hate it, of course.
Where is TV technology going? Apparently to TiVO like top boxes in which you can easily search and record your favourite shows and watch them when u want, how u want, record them if they are precious enough for you, etc, etc. This sounds like perfect.
But... wait a minute... then u will have DRM to avoid copying and playing after a time, and you will have new creative ways to insert ads in series so that you won't get rid of them, and you will have network fees to even allow you to record their shows, blah, blah. In other words you are paying a fee to the ones that try to figure out how not to let you do things... Not that good now, uh? As a user I accept paying for quality contents but I do not accept the idea of asking for permission for every single thing. I just hate the idea. It's encoded in my genes. (Idea 1: Established entertainment providers focus on what they don't want me to do with their product.)
On the other side of the ring you have the internet and you have broadband and netflix, etc. While the traditional providers of entertainment struggle to keep their business models, the new kids in town offer well thought, likeable alternatives and look for new ways of adapting to what I want. They do not pretend to impose their model because they didn't have one. They have to look for ways to adapt to what I like. Isn't that clever? No, it's perfectly rational. They are second in the race and need to fight better to come first at the end. Period. (Idea 2: New ways exist to deliver the entertainment time ago, they are good, technology will make them even better, and the ones in command have the right mindset to please me as a customer moving forward.)
So, what about P2P TV? If you think about it looks like a natural evolution of the Internet technology and the user's expectations as well. We have P2P networks to donwload music or your favouriteTV shows as well (although, in ocasions, illegally). We use RSS agregators to scan without effort our favourite and more trusted sources. We have the network connections to deliver the content, we have the disks to store them, the DVDs to create backups and we display them in computers, TVs, cars. So you have the screens to watch it, the ultimate search tools to find it, the connection to get it, the P2P networks to efficiently use the resources, the syndication to monitor it. You have the ultimate TV in front of you now. (Idea 3: A PC with a broadband connection has everything needed to offer a better experience than a TV)
What you lack is the right packaging. Something that makes watching what you like easier than getting your remote and start zapping or figuring out if what you have in your TiVO is protected/legal/expired/expensive/stupid/... I have good news, maybe you won't have to wait for long: TVTorrent is here. It combines RSS and BitTorrent to download your favourite TV Shows directly to your PC. I haven't tried it yet and I don't know if this will be the one that killed the TV star, but if you ask me I'd buy a big screen for your laptop instead of that fancy plasma TV... You will write off the cost way sooner and enjoy it much more. (Idea 4: the right packaging, the right way to do it is out there somewhere and will appear sooner or later. Once it happens it will grow naturally, i.e. exponentially)
Prediction: P2P TV will come & stay.
See where I read the story: PVRBlog.
P.S.: If you are trying to see TVTorrent you might find a wonderful "Bandwidth limit exceeded" message now. If I'd be a network chief executive I'd be more than worried... This freaks don't stop creating illegal stuff!!