Yep, traditional TV is going to be left to the less technologically advanced countries...
Pure IP TV is here, absolutely, certainly, definitively.
I'm watching the Live Earth concerts from around the world on my computer (2*24" monitors). I learned about the event on the web (on Twitter from all places), not on traditionnal printed media nor TV / radio.
And I tuned into this global event online. Did I check whether any of my local TV channels were carrying it ? Nope... Direct to the web : google://live+earth and found the site.
It even brings interactivity enabling me to switch from one "channel" to another one. From Brazil, to DC, to China, to Hamburg, to Japan, to London.
Content wise, it"s "just" Madonna in Wembley. Awesome entertainment. Live on IP TV.
No clue who is providing the CDN and streaming technology this time, but it's WORKIIIIIIIIIIIING ! at last.
Huge congratulations to MSN for doing it right. Live 8 on AOL had their own issues last time.
Update: I didn't have time to record Al Gore's vibrant pledge to fight global warming. Here's a previous reading :
My guess is that Al Gore should win the Nobel Peace Prize in the next 5 years with his relentless fight.