I'm Gonna eBay my Nano
So will this change the television business? Probably not, my bad credit has no affect on the business. But the Video iPod? Definitely...eventually. However, I would think it'd take a few generations of this new iPod and a few more studios to jump on board before it substantially affects anything.
One of my initial mentors in the entertainment business made an analogy when the iPod and iTunes music store first came out. He said that the digital music world was intially a crazy town without crosswalks. Everyone walking illegally whereever they pleased. There were no rules, so people didn't follow them. All Apple had to do was create clear crosswalks that everyone could understand and people adhered. We started buying music again. But with television being a free medium, does this analogy still apply? I think so. Though television may be free, television DVDs are quite expensive. Sure, you can download them illegally through BitTorrents (I've caught up on all seasons of Scrubs this way), but it's still a bitch to use. They download really slowly and often fail. So, I for one will be walking on Apple's video crosswalk.
A side issue that I'm curious about is residuals for writers. The WGA still hasn't made much ground on the DVD issue, so I'm sure it'll take a long time before they are even able to address online digital revenue. Of course, it may take me that long to actually be accepted into the Guild, so perhaps it'll be perfect timing.
Anyways, Gizmodo and Engadget have some initial reviews of the new iPod. There's also a rumor that Apple has an even bigger announcement next month? An iPod that can cook, clean and give good head? Hmm, maybe I will wait and pay my bills this month.