If that's true then that'd be great! And probably this is just a start!
Following most certainly would affect the North American market:
We're talking Amazon Unbox video-on-demand, and does Amazon also have a music service coming up? Also this could be combined with ordering of anything on Amazon in a user-friendly interface compatible with touch-screen and on-TV viewing.
AOL isn't just AOL is it, that's like the same company as Time Warner, CNN, it owns a lot of stuff doesn't it. AOL has like all sorts of things including video and music on-demand. Just look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AOL
under "Company purchases" there are like 3 dozen companies owned by AOL, most of them providing content on-demand like Engadget for example is owned by AOL, so imagine a special touch-screen and TV compatible interface for Engadget videos and reviews.
- Best Buy
That's only like one of the biggest consumer electronics retail store in the USA isn't it, or is it the biggest? And it's got video-on-demand and music services also. Not to mention every of the partners menshionned so far have deals with all the major movie and music producers so they have on-demand distributing rights to virtuall all majors movie and music content and most of them have renting, owning and subscription plans.
Recently bought by Blockbuster. So imagine not only the Movielink now in the Archos Content Portal. Imagine also Moovyplay being licenced by Blockbuster at least as a trial. Thus you could connect your Gen5 Archos or a Moovylink to a distributor on which you would load from a collection of thousands of films at full USb2 speeds, with renting, owning and subscription models available.
This is a very interesting "Members pay a flat fee of US$9.99 per month, and have access to unlimited downloads during the 30 day period."
Wouldn't you find it awesome to get access to thousands of films for a flat $10 fee per month? I would certainly like to have that kind of service, one that really gives access to all the films of the world for a flat fee. I don't think Vongo yet has the rights for all the films of the world, but I guess Vongo is working towards that, and possibly that all major movie producers will sign up for this model seing that it does provide an interesting business model for them with income that can only grow the more users subscribe to it.
- Circuit City
It's like Best Buy isn't it. They got everything and they plan to sell everything online in terms of video-on-demand and music.
Would be awesome to have it just as Dailymotion in a nice touch-screen and TV friendly interface in the Archos Content Portal. With the advantage over iPhone's Youtube integration, that here you've got access to the absolute complete Youtube in instant nice full screen quality. Maybe they can even integrate the Comments, Ratings, Save to Favorites, Add to Playlist and more features. Maybe even integrate the upcomming advertising model as nice overlay targetted ads. A business model for independant video producers and a huge if not the hugest source of video content on the Internet.
- Alcatel Media Motion
I think Alcatel knows everything about IPTV, so I guess this could include having access to like thousands of TV channels through streaming. This could perfectly happen now, imagine a system that gives you access to every single channel from the whole world, in nice 1mbit/s or more quality. This can be done using Alcatel networks and their IPTV technology. And Alcatel also leads in terms of digital terrestrial DVB-SH television (combines satellite and terrestrial for more portable coverage then DVB-T), though this would require a module or a Gen6 hardware.