In the future the internet will replace the need for broadcast technology, people will watch on-demand episodes of family guy rather than wait for a particular scheduling time.
This will eventually mean the demise of broadcasting satellites which will no longer be needed to broadcast scheduled information to the masses.
There is one thing that has been omited from this prediction and that is sport and reality tv. Who would want to watch a match on demand if that match is any older than a day or would want to watch a reality tv show the day after when everyone at work is already talking about it.
The actual future of the internet is tied to the future of broadcast technology, that is the combining of broadcast and broadband.
A term that I have come up with is called “Broadcached”, broadcached would be a complimenting of on-demand streaming of information with broadcasting and the ultra high bandwidth of broadcasting.
Say one has a special broadband router which has a satellite connection, what the setup will now be able to to do is to poll central database of “Broadcached” data to see if the data that is a able to be streamed is due to be broadcast in the next few seconds.
Say a news report about a celebrity having an accident is being demanded by a few million users around the world, then this video will be “broadcached” inteligently and when a popularity threshold is acheived it would then be beamed to the users on mass.
This could applied to almost any information, from a google image search due to a news item sparking interest or due to a popular tv show being aired.
This would be a fairer way to do something like net neutrality, the streaming can still work yet the broadcasting networks can get involved in the “broadcache” and that would allow for more free streaming shows (for people still using single source broadband) and an extra revenue stream for broadcasting companies, for when people want a premium hi definition service.
This would also be fairer or the shows that we love, providing a fair review system that would be a lot more accurate than the neilsen system.
And we must not forget the poor little satellites that wil have been rescued from impending doom and kept for the purpose that they were originally created for.