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 living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype and is forthcoming from The Laurel Review. A piece of flash fiction is forthcoming from Cold Creek Review. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published online at Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files.” Richard is also Downlink Lead for HiRISE at the University of Arizona. View all posts by Richard Leis