Signs of companies' keen interest in delivery of video over the Internet continue unabated. The latest proof is word that AT&T
Case in point: TiVo
There's somewhat of a free-for-all at play, as consumers begin to realize they have more control over what they watch than they ever did in the past, and service providers of all stripes want in on the action. Cable companies such as Comcast
And that takes us back to AT&T's interest in Akimbo. The financing correlates with a deal through which Akimbo will provide content to Homezone. Through using a set-top box, AT&T subscribers will be able to access content from Akimbo, as well as EchoStar's
Delivering video content to televisions over the Internet is obviously in the beginning stages, but it's not hard to see that it will become increasingly prevalent and more and more mainstream. It might have taken a long time for convergence to really hit the living room, but it finally seems imminent now.
It's still anybody's guess who the winners and the losers will be in this budding new trend, what with so many corporate names piling on. I can think of one group of winners, though: consumers, who have more entertainment options than ever before.
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Alyce Lomax does not own shares of any of the companies mentioned.