writes, "Welcome to Ground Zero of the information revolution: the living room." The article covers the battle that is heating up between different industries over who will control the living room.
"In some sense, there are really two separate match-ups: cable vs. telephone to deliver traditional and on-demand television programs, and PC vs. consumer electronics to provide the hardware in the home-entertainment system. But to an increasing extent, everybody wants a piece of everything."
Scorecards are included within the article that articulate where things stand in the status quo for cable companies, telephone companies, PC companies and consumer electronic companies. "It wasn't long ago that the notion of telephone companies offering TV programming seemed inconceivable -- as inconceivable as the idea that cable companies would offer phone service. Now, cable operators are adding calling options, and the Baby Bells are rushing in with television programs."
The scorecards also describe the advantages and disadvantages each industry has in vying for the living room. "Clunky program guides are another problem for cable. Viewers have to click through screen after screen of programs, and at a pace that can be maddening to the instant-on generation."
"There are alternatives, but cable companies have been slow to adopt them. Digeo has a set-top box, called the Moxi Media Center, that features a built-in DVR, photo and music software and an ingenious program guide that allows viewers to speed through available channels and options and to instantly change channels, without the bothersome delays on most other cable systems."
You can read the article and scorecards for all four industries here