Some boffin over at Rice University has decided that five years from now, the capacity of DVRs will be such that we’ll be able to record HD video from ten channels at once, and keep it going for two weeks straight.
That’s all fine and dandy, but what the professor has failed to take into account is that channel-based TV is on its way out even now, and the popularization of DVRs is symptomatic of consumer dissatisfaction with that system. Customers aren’t going to want to spend $500 to upgrade to another version of the same thing when the next generation — on demand TV — is staring them in the face right now in 2008. And in 2013? Please, do you really think they’ll even want a DVR when they have a hoverboard?