I demand it.

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The world of video on demand is changing things, in spite of other technological advances, legal or otherwise.

Ars Technica reports that online DVD rental innovator & juggernaut Netflix will begin streaming a selection of 1,000 movies online to its membership later in the year. An average high-speed internet connection is required; saturation of such connections is high and growing in the US.

On the flipside, the computer storage world offers this news: Hitachi has plans to offer a 1,000 GB [one terabyte] hard drives in 2007. [For reference, a regular DVD holds about 8 GB.]

People would need that kind of storage once they download the first HD DVD, posted illegally on teh Internets. Or the bourgeoning cornucopia of legal content from Amazon.com, iTunes, etc.

This emphasizes the point here; even though memory gets cheaper, and folks quickly break any sort of copy protections placed on CDs, DVDs, etc., the on-demand concept obliterates the need for either. Why buy a huge hard drive and spend hours downloading things [legally or otherwise] when they can be had almost instantly at any time.

However, this can only add to the Netflix “paradox of abundance.”

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