So why am I showing you a screen grab of Larry Hendricks, host of Deadliest Catch: Icy Dangers on the Discovery Channel?
Well, because this clip typifies the rich (finally) experience that video can finally offer via broadband connections.
Internet telephony pioneer Jeff Pulver is so excited about this type of content, that he's put together a Video On the Net conference Sept. 12-14 in Boston.
And to document the stunning growth of the medium in terms of quality and quantity, Jeff's put together a Quick Guide To Video on the Net.
I've been exploring recent developments in both the "video on the Net" space, and what I am terming the "tv on the Net" space. It turns out that there really has been a paradigm shift in the way in which "tv", not just "video", is being delivered.
During the past twelve months, as the momentum for Broadband TV has snowballed, an increasing number of media companies have decided to take their content and make it available for viewing on the Internet. In some cases, the content offered is "re-runs" of prime time content, in other cases the Internet is being used to channel "vintage" programming (re-runs of old programs) and there is an increasing number of cases in which new content is being developed by media companies for just the broadband Internet.
If you think Internet video is still pixel-y and postage-stampy, well you are well behind the times. Go to Jeff's guide, click around, and let us know if you think Internet video is ready for prime time.