Yes, like many of you, I’m off today to work on a good dose of tryptophan, tamped down with some fresh-baked peach pie. So I’m going to share some of my thoughts about what we have to be thankful about in terms of HDTV and digital TV.
First on my list is choice. We have a choice of technologies for our displays, and we have a choice of vendors for these technologies, and we have a choice of retailers from which to buy them. All this leads to something else I’m thankful for: competition. This not only drives down the costs, so that more of us can afford to enjoy the improvements offered by HDTV and digital TV, but it also drives an enormous research effort throughout the industry. In addition to making bigger factories with better production, research is also proceeding rapidly on new technologies. You may not have heard of OLEDs, or FEDs, or SEDs, or some other novel technologies, and there’s a good chance that you won’t ever see displays made from them. But it’s possible that any one of them could surge to lead the industry, and make plasma and LCD as quaint a memory as black-and-white CRTs.
Next on my list is opportunity. Any time you get a market that is growing rapidly with technology expanding out in many directions at once, there’s the chance for companies large and small to make a huge impact. What will the delivery of video content over the Internet bring? Will the centralized, giant studios be replaced by legions of clever and creative producers and directors who redefine what “entertainment” content is?
And finally, I’m thankful for how much fun all this is. So many people are actively engaged in learning about, thinking about, and talking about HDTV and digital TV. I’m having a great time helping people explore this new world of entertainment, and I’m especially thankful for your support in this project.