Perhaps this is for the best though. Obviously broadcast corporations need to make a business decision for themselves regarding how much trust to put into proprietary software. Yet I think the future of public broadcasting and user generated content is clearly going to be Web-based.
And maybe someday the idea of using Linux-powered devices like the Roku instead of a cable box will become as commonplace as using Linux compatible publishing software as Wordpress and Scribus for print media. Remember, the value of media as a vehicle to share information isn't just about the casual end user, it also has very strong, real world enterprise applications as well.
Proprietary software and the Windows world
Nothing kills a good mood with me like being locked into something that should be available to everyone. I don't have a problem paying for access to that something, but I'd like to have the ability to use it as I see fit. This means access to the Web, the ability to publish my feelings in writing and of course, create content.
Thanks to the modern Web we have these freedoms. Despite the best efforts of those in the enterprise world, who may have felt they knew best, the freedom that is technology and innovation have managed to win the day.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for broadcast media. Despite many valiant efforts, most of the broadcast world is rather stale and due for a serious overhaul. It has lacked the kind of revolution we've seen in the computing space, where Linux and FoSS ideals took hold and shook everything we thought we knew about choice upside down.
Upon examining everything I have encountered, I have come up with the following. Broadcast media reflects many of the same prejudices and ignorance seen within much of the enterprise world. And this is likely why no one has ever bothered to spend any time on a software suite to address this realm.
Since the future of broadcasting content is likely to come down a different sort of media pipeline anyway, maybe the healthy thing to do is cut our losses and look to IPTV solutions. The software is out there, now all we need to do is embrace it.
It's time to contribute to content creation ourselves and ensure we don't allow IPTV to become as restrictive as the broadcast space turned out to be. By creating content and contributing ourselves, we in turn become the broadcast media for the next generation.
The best part? We can choose to use Linux based solutions this time around.