Economist.com | Articles by Subject | The digital home: "Technology firms are pushing a futuristic vision of home entertainment not because consumers are desperate for it but because they themselves are
There is a third possibility. This is that the wars continue, but consumers continue not to care. As John Barrett, research director at Parks Associates, says, “it seems that we've concocted a new variant of the ‘paperless' office.” This, you recall, was the consensus a decade or so ago among technophiles (but almost nobody else), that computer technology would save our forests by freeing us from having to read and write on paper. Today's variant, says Mr Barrett, is “no more tapes, CDs, DVDs, discs.” In other words, expect them to be around for a very long time to come."
Timely reality check from The Economist (but I think there will be ample demand as well as supply energy for new home entertainment opportunities).