Video market place evolves


Not a day goes by without an announcement of yet another start up in the internet video space. This week it is Sync TV, a spin off from consumer electronics company Pioneer, which is launching a beta download service. What makes it interesting is that with all the regulatory noise about bundled programming, users of Sync TV can subscribe a la carte for a variety of programs they want to watch. Each channel will run about $2 each per month, and currently there are four subscription channels available. Showtime is the foundation tenant and there is promise of more. The launch underlines the two universes that now exist--the heavily regulated telecoms and broadcasting sectors and the almost entirely unregulated internet channel. Guess where most of the innovation is? -Tom