So far, BD-Live seems
like an answer to a question no one
particularly cares about, but we're still holding out hope that the technology will be put to good use by someone. The devil's in the details (read - please make it pleasant to use), but putting Profile 2.0 into service as a streaming service like Videocity
is promising sounds like a step in the right direction. Lest we forget Dreamer's
efforts along the same lines, the company is showing off its Java-based BIDDLE API to developers in hopes of gaining some traction for "BluTube" type of applications. Yeah, we need another way of accessing YouTube
about as much as we need more dust bunnies behind the TV, but we see way more potential on this front than, say, Yakuza Fighter
redux. With wireless networking, more codecs and increased persistent storage showing up
in Blu-ray decks, APIs like BIDDLE just might make the line between STBs and Blu-ray players really blurry -- and if it means we can eBay away some of those STBs, we're all for it.