Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 18th Jul 2010 09:32 UTC
Multimedia, AV I'm a couch potato. There, I've said it. I love sitting down and watching sci-fi movies, like any good geek would. And this is an (almost religious) action that hasn't changed for many, many, years. But I feel that we're in for a surprise soon. The way we watch TV and access content is about to change. TV watching will at last arrive into the 21st Century, and the technology giants will be there to duke it out for the reins of this new industry.
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RE: Been done before?
by Eugenia on Mon 19th Jul 2010 01:55 UTC in reply to "Been done before?"
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>If I'm not mistaken, the whole internet on TV was tried many times in the past and failed.

That's because the right technology was not there yet.

>If every body wanted an interface that brought the PC to the TV;

Nobody wants a PC on their TV. I don't. I want a different, new class of device.

>why doesn't everybody have a WebTV unit?.

Because the WebTV sucked.

>Sorry, I just can''t see it happening for the foreseeable future. Especially on a device that Humans watch for only a few hours a day.

"A few hours a day" is way more time using the device than the average cellphone user.

Your problem is that you have a very narrow view of what it can be done in the TV. You're thinking "a mythTV/TiVo-like interface, maybe a web browser, some IP TV".

Nope, that's not what I'm talking about here.

What I'm talking about is getting up in the morning, the webcam detects motion, and if time is after 7 AM (settable), the (1080p+) TV turns ON by itself. It greets you, with a synthesized voice: "Good morning Sodapop". And then it summarizes the new day, in a few sentences: "The weather today will be 25 C, sunny. You have 5 emails, 3 Facebook, and 2 Twitter replies. Today you have two appointments, one with your dentist, and one with your boss. Elsewhere, BP was able to stop the oil leak. Mel Gibson was caught peeping. Have a nice day, Sodapop".

And the TV stays ON, with a very nice interface showing you various "active widgets" and notifications. Only if you wish to know more you can then use your TV's controls to read the news, emails, more weather info, or just switch to a TV channel instead. And if you go away, and the webcam doesn't detect motion for 5 minutes, it turns OFF.

Let's say that you want to check the news. You voice-command the TV to show you the news. That will be an ON-DEMAND streaming of just 5 minutes of video news. Think of it as an RSS stream, but with video. Quick, to the point, and with visual stimulation. And you can even select video-RSS from your favorite site, e.g. Engadget.

So basically, in the morning at least, the TV is what should take the place of the newspaper. It's ON, it's interactive, and it's not merely "another computer". It's the device that sets up your day. Instead of reading the RSS headlines of CNN on the train, on your smartphone, you can now read them, or have them voice-synthed for you, while you're having breakfast. By the time you're on the train, or on your car, you're ALREADY informed of how to start the day, or what's up in the world.

And if it's a whole family sharing the TV, you can set it up to recognize faces.

In the evening, when the family is back, the primary usage of the TV is entertainment. It could be video from various IP providers, or audio, streamed from the web or your networked PC/NAS server.

And of course, the TV is also the main communication tool for the family. You skype with it your extended family. You sit the kids around, and you video-call their grandma. Even with the current netbooks, video-calling is a 1-to-1 communication. Now, for the first time, you can have many-to-many, as it would be on a NATURAL setting.

And these are just some of the possibilities.

Edited 2010-07-19 02:14 UTC

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