Digital video enabler SeaChange International
SeaChange makes both hardware and software that helps video broadcasters store, manage, distribute, and present their video content -- mainly in the form of video on demand (VOD).
I truly believe that VOD will soon replace traditional TV schedules for everything but breaking news and sporting events. If you think that TiVo
For the consumer, on-demand video has the twin advantages of zero storage space required and no need to schedule recordings of your favorite shows. Just pull up the VOD menu system on your cable box, surf up to the show you wanted, and entertainment bliss ensues.
Content providers like Disney
The major roadblock to a full-scale revolution is the ability and willingness of the major TV studios to license every show for VOD display, from megahits like ABC's Dancing With the Stars to lesser lights. Heck, throw in the Snuggie infomercials, too. Everything needs to be available on demand.
But the studios are clinging to their old timetable-heavy ways, and only handing out occasional tidbits to the VOD channels. That might change soon enough. Verizon
Eventually, the studios will give in and let you throw your TV guide away. A change is coming in the way we watch and interact with our programming. And when it does, SeaChange will become huge.
Fool contributor Anders Bylund owns shares in Disney, but he holds no other position in any of the companies discussed here. He is already addicted to the VOD model, and could he please have the remote back? You can check out Anders' holdings or a concise bio if you like, and The Motley Fool is investors writing for investors.