2006 Looks to be the Year of Web + TV
It's already clear that this will be a BIG year for broadband video and offline "on-demand" cable and, maybe, telco IPTV. The fierce competition among Google, Yahoo!, MSN and AOL in the online ad/search world is spilling over into the world of TV and offline media—or maybe blurring the picture between the categories.
Here's a N.Y. Times piece from today's paper on the general subject. And here's one from MediaPost on the just announced "Web-to-TV" AOL-Intel deal. Both require registration.
Here's more on Yahoo! and Google's plans from PaidContent. And here's what Terry Semel is set to introduce today— Yahoo! Go (beyond the browser).
Here's Reuters' Eric Auchard's write-up of the full scope of the Yahoo! announcement (including the wireless aspects) and related third-party deals.
And here's a Jefferson Graham USA Today Q&A with Terry Semel about his vision for TV-Web interaction (I dare not say "convergence").