The Internet is likely to become the newest conduit for cable networks (in addition to cable, satellite, and advanced telephony backbones). RealNetworks and Starz recently announced a new movie service under the Starz brand over RealNetworks RealPlayer 10 on the Internet. For US$12.95 a month, viewers have unlimited access to a library of 100 films (the lineup will rotate month to month similar to the Starz movie channel). The Grid of the future will likely allow consumers to purchase channel subscriptions ala carte, or even set up their own specialized channels with only the programming they choose.
Richard Leis is a writer and poet. His first published poem, "Roadside Freak Show," arrives on August 21, 2017 in Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr). View all posts by Richard Leis