What if I told you there was a free (and legal) program that would let you watch most of your favorite shows on your TV without paying for cable? Well, there was. The program is called Boxee. The main source of most of Boxee’s goodness was Hulu and the makers of Boxee were forced by Hulu’s content providers to remove Hulu’s content stream from their software. It’s a very disheartening event that’s sure to affect new media for the immediate future.
The way I see it, there are a two ways this whole thing can go. The other content providers could either see this as a sign to keep fighting current technology and force us to hang out in the dark ages of media for a while. Or, if they have anyone with a brain working for them, they could see that this whole thing is a big mistake and they’re missing a great chance to ditch the cost of working with cable companies and distribute their content via the Internet.