At the "What’s Next in Programming Distribution" session at last month’s CTAM Summit, six panelists tackled the tough issues of piracy, copyright and evolving business models for time-shifted and Internet-based content. They were also asked what they think will be the most important device in the home of the future. Here are their predictions: Lindsay Gardner, EVP, affiliate sales and marketing, Fox Cable Networks:
Digital media storage unit. Lynne Elander, general manager, marketing, Microsoft TV:
Remote control. Glenn Reitmeier, VP, technology, NBC:
Speech recognition unit/voice-controlled remote. Robert Clasen, president and COO, Starz Encore Group:
Broadband connection. Terry Bienstock, former EVP and general counsel, Comcast Cable:
Cable modem/broadband connection. Warren Lieberfarb, chairman, Lieberfarb & Associates:
Media-centric PC networked throughout home.

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