Art, History, IPTV

2:35 PM -- LAS VEGAS -- More from yesterday's IPTV World conference at the NAB show. Peter Barrett, CTO of Microsoft TV, gave an elegant after-lunch keynote likening today's TV landscape to major shifts in art history.

Like a mellower version of James Burke's old Connections show, Barrett's talk explained how the invention of the convex mirror and the camera obscura gave artists the ability to trace an image -- creating a leap toward lifelike imagery in 15th century paintings.

Likewise, the invention of the camera pushed art into more abstract territory. (That one, I already knew.)

Fascinating stuff, and Barrett is a good speaker. As with most IPTV discussions, though, the conclusion was that we don't know what's going to happen next -- but it's going to be HUGE. Makes for an easy blog entry, anyway.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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