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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UK and Europe ahead of the game
by stroma on Mon 19th Jul 2010 21:55 UTC
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This idea isn't new Samsung created with the help of Yahoo their TV widgets product (disjointed user experience), Also Sony created VieraCast (not the most smoothest of UI). But you have rightly pointed out that these are closed products. I would say Apple also falls under this. Plus Apples effects have been quite limited to the vod sphere they haven't broken into the broadcast space. The iOS method will not work in this instance as it's based on single action interaction i.e. people will either be searching for content or watching it but not donig both as a lot of people do when watching TV.

In the UK there is a concerted effort to create a new platform that does all the things you mention including being open, currently subject to debate but it will be open once completed. It's called Project Canvas (http://www.projectcanvas.info/)who's primary aim is to create one unified interface to access TV based services (Broadcast, Interactive TV, VOD, and Web Apps).

But having apps and other artifacts on screen can be annoying feature of the modern digital world. Not sure Viewers (non geeks) like this. They do like accessing video on demand and snippets of info but not full screen apps. The TV is there to watch TV it's a lean back experience rather then the lean forward experience of the PC. lets not confuse the two. What I think you will see is the emergence of dual screen services.

Watch TV on the TV but use your handheld device (mobile, laptop, slate etc) to interact with content that is synched to what you are watching. This is a what a lot of people already do but with it's not intelliegently done. The devices are not aware of the programme.

Also this works with the way people watch or rather don't watch TV.

P.s there is a EU funded project which aims to also deliver the same results as project canvas, it's called HBB, http://www.hbbtv.org/download5.htm it seems to be a more research project rather then a commercial project like canvas.

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