The iPad will be your next TV
Purchasing and watching iTunes TV shows on your laptop isn't exactly complicated, but the tap-tap-watch ease with which the iPad sells you a show then disappears into it will be intoxicating for a lot of people. Plus there's the web and a whole new world of apps. When the iPad ships stateside, you'll be able to download an ABC app, and stream the same content they offer on their website — including full episodes of "Lost", for example — for free on your iPad. Soon, CBS will have revamped their website to stream video straight to the Flash-less iPad, using the device's support for the HTML5 video tag. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. If you have a Netflix account, you'll be able to download a free Netflix app, and stream thousands of films and TV shows. A Hulu app is on the way. Video sites like Funny or Die have already started shifting to iPad-compatible streaming formats. Early reviewers have been prone to call the iPad an evolution of the laptop. It's not. It's a featureless window to content. It's a dumb conduit. In other words, it's your next TV.
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