The Future of Online Video

In ten years, we believe that online video broadcasting will be the most ubiquitous and accessible form of communication.

So sayeth Chad Hurley, CEO and co-founder of YouTube, in a post on the official Google blog this morning. (tip)

IF bandwidth gets better (ie, faster and available to more people, ideally with choice) AND network neutrality rules (in other words, your Internet pipe is treated by regulators like your telephone line) … then I think Hurley’s projection makes sense, at least regarding “the television.”

The jury remains out, IMO, on having video communication supplant text in terms of ubiquity and accessibility. It’s a lot faster for me to type this than to record it, edit out the rough spots (or not), and post it. It’s much faster for you to read it than it is for you to hear it.

2 thoughts on “The Future of Online Video

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    Kevin

    September 16, 2008 at 2:40pm

    Good point. . . I wonder if it will be a blend? Not much different from sending a photo or video clip with TXT. In other words, if I want to show you my karaoke song or my ‘live’ shot of a catastrophe, I can blast you a video with some txt; let’s also assume that VOs will also improve. I mean if we think about the Flip and and other small video cams/phones, it’s pretty close to being able to do an edit job with sound/visual and no txt.

    Think off-the-shelf, open source software that can cut-and-paste quickly and in ways we haven’t quite yet imagined – driven by speech recognition. Look for the ADA community to give us the first taste of those apps

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    Brad Ellis

    September 16, 2008 at 11:46am

    When i run across people talking into their computers on youtube, i quickly close the window. It scares me a little bit, not gunna lie. Theres a reason why we still don’t have video phones, and i think its primarily because we don’t care to look at people.

    Of course I don’t even like //talking// to people, so maybe I’m just weird.

    -Brad

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