We are in the beginning stages of an explosion of easier, more aesthetically pleasing ways to access and view digital art.
On the low end (if $500 can be considered low), Electric Objects has exceeded its initial Kickstarter goal 20-fold, offering the promise of a sleek, high res screen with minimal bezel and brand intrusion, oriented to digital and video artworks directly from the web, available in 2015.
On the high end, an article on home design in the Financial Times last month describes an unnamed "A-list Hollywood director" whose new home includes a total of 32 recessed flat panels and "an 18ft by 20ft screen streaming 24-hour video art." If you believe in trickle-down economics for interior design, this bodes well for the rest of us in 10 or 20 years.
On the heels of the hardware are various services that offer on-demand viewing and streaming, some well-established (such as Sedition) and some new (such as start-up Videotheque). Electric Objects may offer both hardware and service/streaming.
How this all comes together in the next couple of years will be fascinating to see. I do hope, however, that the clever folks running these companies steer away from the tendency of pretty hardware + subscription models to reduce serious artworks to an ambient lifestyle adornment.
[Image courtesy and copyright of Electric Objects, Inc.]