I am 100% behind the future of TV migrating to the internet. I'm more than happy to watch the random ad here or there as long as certain "legacy" and current TV shows are available to me at anytime. I think the internet is truly the future of television. However, many companies seem about as reluctant to do online TV justice as the auto industry was when building the electric car. Two of the worst offenses that need to be addressed before online TV is banished by the corporate elite as an unsuccessful venture:
Quality streaming! I get Netflix and would be head over heals in love with the Watch Instantly feature had I anything above the minimum DSL bandwidth. Netflix offers absolutely no buffering when streaming movies. You are forced to take what they recommend is your best video quality, which for me is always so poor that I can barely make out what is on screen. Netflix seems to be a primary leader in pushing online TV, so why in the world is their service so exclusive?
Permanent commitments! There is nothing worse than watching epsiodes of TV online only to have certain episodes yanked before you get to them. Or worse yet, appear and disappear, seemingly at random, until you simply give up in frustration. There should be an unwritten law that once posted, do not remove!
It seems to me that the movie industry is terrified of having anything available online and are only making the minimum effort and providing terrible service, perhaps in the hopes that people will demand it less. Hulu.com is a site that has really impressed me--they just added a buffering system that allows me to watch in 420P even with my slow as molasses DSL line, and the buffer time is incredibly small! The range of quality between network video players is all over the map, and the leader of the movement, Netflix, has customers actually paying for shoddy service. I hope that some of the suits can pull their heads out of their butts and start to understand the latest tech. I'm getting tired of waiting around for the future to get here.
So, what are your thoughts on online TV?