Peter Daley, an analyst from Rutberg & Co. who was moderating the panel, asked one final question — who would be successful in the digital lifestyle? The options were content owners, distributors or those building consumer tehcnology.
David Britts of ComVentures said that he thinks it will be the underlying tehcnology builders. He said the content owners would be No 2, but that it was “a hits parade,” where those who succeed would need to release new and better continually.. “It’s a great time to be an entrepreneur — there’s a lot of money out there for a company that can make it dead simple.”
Tim Dowling agreed: “There’s a tremendous amount of money out there looking for deals in the digital home.” His bet would also be on the enabling technology.
Seth Shapiro, principal at New Amsterdam Media, said he was more idealistic — that all parties need to be successful for things to be accomplished. “I think that all have to happen in order for it to work. There’s room for everyone.”
Mike Fidler, CEO of Digeo, which has a television set-top box for the living room, said he likes where his company is. “I think the interface where you manage and receive all content is a critical part of the digital lifestyle.”