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Computer technology Thats entertainment 2000 VIDEO CNN NewsStands James Hattori finds out what entertainment might look like in the year 2010 December 31 1999 Web posted at 400 pm EST 2100 GMT CNN -- As we reach the year 2000 and the next phase of the Information Age its easy to forget that just 10 years ago the Information Age was stuck on its launching pad The Internet was unknown to nearly everyone except university researchers TV was still patting itself on the back over cable success films were searching for the next big thing music was sold at record stores Now television and computers are colliding and millions of channels are on the horizon films are bigger clearer and cheaper to make and music more than any other industry is using the Internet to market itself HDTV will soon be rolling into homes delivering a wider screen and digital picture Lucy where are you Television is on the brink of major changes that may forever alter the way we live It should all happen with the inevitable switch from analog to digital technology Right now most homes are equipped with analog the design of which has remained largely unchanged since the invention of television The new kid on the block is HD or high-definition television with more than three times the resolution of a standard analog set Unfortunately you cant see HDTVs higher quality on regular TV And for now HDTV does come with high price tags and scarce programming But theres little doubt that television signals are going digital I think the world of television and entertainment is poised for explosion and that explosion comes about because television becomes digital says Andy Lippman associate director of Massachusetts Institute of Technologys MIT Media Lab Its one of the premiere technology think tanks in the world When television becomes digital it becomes a lot
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