EC circa 1998 – The big prize is video on demand replacing movie rental stores

The video clip above is me talking about The Future. Shot in 1998. I was 36. I came across this by accident on a tape I was re-using.

The same day I came across this by accident, today, fourteen years later, I am getting Bell Fibe TV installed, which is exactly what I was talking about in the video clip!

Broadband high-speed Internet service (25 Mb/s) with IPTV over DSL over the phone line for content delivery.

Spooky!

– Eric Coll

The IP-PSTN

The Packet-Switched Telecommunications Network

Over the past fifty years, several attempts have been made to develop converged networks: networks with “dial tone” that supports all communications: speech, music, text, graphics, images and video. For a number of reasons, convergence strategies employing ISDN and ATM were unsuccessful and did not gain critical mass. This time, it appears that packet-switched network service using IP will gain enough momentum to become the new kind of plain ordinary telecommunications service.

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