CNN's new Pipeline service, which allows viewers to watch four "pipes" of live
television at any time of the day, is receiving much applause from reviewers.
The service was launched Monday with live coverage of Saddam Hussein's trial
and the presentation of the 9/11 Commission's final report. On its website,
PC Magazine called the service "breathtaking" and remarked that it is
"certainly the most impressive video offering the Web has ever seen." But
Stephen Bryant, associate editor of Publish.com, which tracks developments in
online publishing, while acknowledging that Pipeline is "technically
impressive," complains that it is nevertheless "based on the one-to-many
broadcast model of television. And in an online world that increasingly favors
participation and interactivity, that's actually a step backward."