Any TV show, on any screen, anytime. Free, or at least reallyreally cheap. That's the dream.
The two most obvious, potential avenues for this dream of cheap, awesome TV anywhere, anytime are iTunes and Hulu. Let's review: Apple's reportedly been greasing the wheels with the major broadcasters and networks for an iTunes subscription deal that would net you a bundle of your favorite TV shows from various networks for $30 a month—killing your cable plan. They're also trying to sell Big TV on selling shows for a buck a pop, like music. And they're trying to line these deals up in time for the iPad launch. Hulu, a joint venture between NBC Universal, News Corp (read: Fox) and Disney (read: ABC) is awesome—a huge way savvy US residents can catch on 30 Rock and most other TV they wanna watch—and it too reportedly wants to be on more screens than your computer monitor, even if it freaks out a bit when somebody tries to put up on your TV.