The future of television

I just found an interesting document released by the European Broadcasting Union (their most prominent activity is the Eurovision Song Contest) regarding the future of television, specifically relating to PVR systems. Free-to-air Television and other PVR Challenges in Europe. It’s quite long but definitely good. Suggests revolutionary ideas like broadcasters making EPG and programme meta-data publicly available and that they should embrace “new business models” relating to content viewed through a PVR since traditional advertising is far less effective. At no point by the way does it endorse DRM or content protection and even speaks of “the offensive use of patents” in rather negative terms…