The announcement that Google will acquire YouTube undoubtedly captured the attention of the mainstream media this week. Speaking at a streaming media conference in London, I was struck by the distinct distance between the worlds of web video and broadband video services as currently seen by the online and telco communities respectively. It may seem easy to dismiss the YouTube phenomenon as being a pale and parasitic imitation of broadcast programming, but IPTV operators appear insistent on recreating a model of cable television that already seems outmoded. I suspect that the ultimate model for broadband video lies somewhere in between. I would be interested as ever to receive your views.