Imagine for a moment, from the comfort of your favorite chair, you select a movie from a list of most every movie ever made. You choose the music you wish to listen to throughout your day, from a list of most every recording ever made. Or you select the same profile you chose last month or last year from your stored list of favorites. Right down the high-speed pipes into a set-top box within your entertainment center it comes. No fussing with boxes, no running to the video store. The music and the movies come 24 hours per day. . . whatever you want, whenever you want them. And you are only billed for what you use.
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As you listen, you choose to record your very favorite songs to your car stereo or handheld storage device. They are uploaded and you are billed accordingly. No muss. No fuss.
While watching a rated "R" movie, your neighbor brings their 8 year old child into your home. You would like to see the ending, but are afraid of what might be shown or said. No sweat. You simply change the movie rating to "PG" by hitting a button which is read by your service provider and the movie rating is changed, just like that. Next time you watch the movie the ending will be different. The number of endings is only limited by the director's commitment toward making the film into a true epic.
Your relatives call from the other coast. . . with the movie still playing, you download video straight from their digital camcorder. In the corner of the screen you are watching their new baby kicking and screaming, while talking to them on the phone, while watching a movie, while sending music to your car, while monitoring the basketball scores in real-time and while in another room in your home, your child receives online interactive tutoring in math.
Flip another switch and you are watching a custom loaded interactive version of "Law and Order". You can choose stop the action at any time and take a 360 degree look around the crime scene to see what they might have missed. Later, you can run a printout of the official police reports or download the discovery, straight from the TV DA's office. Your widescreen plasma monitor is split between the live feed from the show and your due diligence of the facts in the crime. As the characters interview witnesses, you can choose to pass them by or probe deeper. . . make the show really interesting.
Interactive Television is limited only by imagination. As more and more people get fibre optics in the home and more and more service providers release content, the way we receive our entertainment and more importantly the way we interact with it will change forever. No more limitations by time, expense or logistics. Whatever you desire can be yours to enjoy.
Like to mix your own music? No problem. You can remix the 24 track feed any way you like. Place your own reverb on the recording. Remove Mick Jaegger's lead vocal. Put your own in there. Add your own guitar licks, right along side those of Keith Richard. Make an extended version. . .a dance version. . .an instrumental version. . . whatever you like.
This is the new millenium. And making music will never be the same. Much of what you do at work, you will be able to do at home. And Stocks? Well, if you still have the time to trade them, some stocks will benefit from all this high-technology. Others will fail miserably. We can use this thread for sorting out the winners from the losers and hopefully profit from our collective knowledge.
With all that is coming down the pipeline, I hope that we humans stop to live our lives in the real world now and then.