Winner Takes All In Term Of Media Will Have To Fully Support And Simplify The Internet In The Living Room

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How ironic this is!  I’d moved away from watching TV to watching the Internet through computers and laptops, but now I’m moving back to watching TV more than ever.  OK, before the folks who support the traditional media such as Cable companies and the folks who support the new media such as the Internet get the wrong idea of what I had said, let me clear this up right now.  Instead of watching more TV in a normal and traditional sense, I hug the TV only when Apple TV and iPad 2 are humming in symphony.  Thanks to Airplay, iPad 2 has became a remote control for the Internet, and the TV has once again became my gateway to entertainment, politics, learning, gasping moments, laughing moments, and host of other senses.  As more people are changing their behaviors in term of accessing media as I have been doing so in the living room, we are going to see the landscape of the media will evermore be drastically changed for some time to come.

Questions arise when we question what will happen to the traditional media if people are demanding for the Internet to be streamed to their devices evermore, especially to devices that anchor in the living room.  Such questions are:

  • Will traditional Cable companies survive if more people like me don’t use the traditional media more and more?
  • What changes the traditional Cable companies have to adopt in order for them to find hope for their future?
  • How come smart TV isn’t yet a big of a deal even though people are demanding for the Internet to be streamed evermore?
  • Can tablets such as iPad be a more favorable form of remote control than the standard stick-like TV remote control for the TV of the future?
  • Will the Internet has to be faster, cheaper, and bigger (in term of bandwidth) in order for people to be able to enjoy the Internet as their TV media?
  • Will advertisement programs be weaved in a way that do not obstruct the enjoyment of having the Internet as the TV media in the near future?
  • Will the tablet form factor be more important in term of TV computing than general computing for the consumers in the near future?
  • If the tablets will be evermore important to the living room, what will become of the suggestion that the tablet form factor will kill off the desktop form factor?
  • Will the average people get to be evermore informed if the Internet will constantly be watched in the living room in the near future?
  • Will the media industry come up with simpler Internet TV technology so average folks can connect to the Internet through TV, 24/7, easier?
  • Should the sectors within the media industry of today that embrace the Internet in the living room think about promoting less on wonder TV techs and just promote the simplification of any technology which deals with having the Internet in the living room?
  • Will culture in whatever country change dramatically as the Internet overtakes the living room?
  • Will live Internet (such as live stream of whatever) be the revolution of live TV?
  • How will the people of the future define their particular trustworthy sources when the Internet overtakes the living room in the near future?

Of course, if I think harder, I might come up with more questions in regarding to what if and how the Internet will change people/consumers’ lives and behaviors when the Internet overtakes the TV in the living room of most Americans and elsewhere.  Nonetheless, no matter what will become of the TV of the future, right now I feel that the iPad that supports Airplay feature is just an amazing technology which has me crazily hug my TV again.  Before, I prefer to watch the Internet whatever from a small, computer monitor or a tiny, laptop monitor.  Now, thanks to Apple TV device, I prefer the big screen TV as the Internet is streaming to it.  YouTube has been so far my go to place for most stream videos in my living room.  With extremely satisfactory personal experience from watching the Internet in my living room, I predict (rolling my eyes when I use the word predict) that whoever or whatever can make the Internet easier in the living room will be the victor of the next media in term of entertainment and technology industries.  What do you think?

Apple TV & Airplay In Action

Check out Apple TV and Airplay in action.  The video right after the break makes me want to actually get a real camcorder or something similar.  The video was shot with iPhone 4 and it was somewhat shaky.  Unprofessional, I hear ya!  Yep, no good light setup too.  I guess, the Internet is a lot more tolerant for unprofessional videos like mine.  Thanks to that!  Anyhow, enjoy the video right after the break!!!

Airplay Made Apple TV

Apple TV

Apple TV

In case you don’t know, the latest Apple TV’s Airplay feature doesn’t work with some Apple devices.  Correct me if I’m completely wrong, I think MacBook Pro and Air laptops that debuted before 2011 cannot use Airplay.  Can’t talk about Mac Pro, because I don’t have one.  Furthermore, Airplay isn’t compatible with iPad 1 and iPhone versions that came out before iPhone 4.  Specifically, I had said Airplay would not be compatible with MacBook Pro and Air that debuted before 2011, but I’ve found out that Airplay can be used with iTunes regardless how Airplay isn’t compatible with Mac laptops that came out before 2011.  There is a catch though, Airplay can only work with iTunes on older Mac laptops if you’re running the latest Mac OS X Mountain Lion operating system.

I had to scratch my head when I played around with Apple TV, because I couldn’t fathom Apple’s refusal in making Airplay to work with older MacBook whatever (i.e., the ones that came out before 2011).  With older MacBook whatever, it would be that you lied if you told me about how you could find the Airplay icon on the menu bar.  Anyhow, my curiosity caught fire when I had iTunes on mid 2010 MacBook Pro used Airplay to stream videos onto Apple TV.  So, I was rather frustrated to see that Apple allowed iTunes on older hardware to use Airplay as long the older hardware could run the latest Mac OS X Mountain Lion operating system and yet refused to let anything else to work with Airplay.

Luckily, I got iPad 2, and it worked just fine with Airplay.  So, if you have iPad 1, you would be out of luck!  As I explored Apple TV a little more, I found out that iPhone 4 would work with Airplay just fine too.  I concluded that Airplay made Apple TV.  Sure, Apple TV did have other features such as Home Sharing, but these other features could be found on any Mac.  Home Sharing required iTunes to stream from Mac to Apple TV, and so Apple users would be limited to iTunes content only.  Airplay changed the game as users could just either mirroring or stream 1080p resolution videos from Apple devices to Apple TV, consequently pretty pictures would fly on whatever big screen TV.

To tell the truth, if your big screen TV can be just as smart as a computer, you probably have no need for Apple TV unless you’ve really wanted to stream some videos from iPad 2 or so.  For me personally, Apple TV has saved my dumb TV as it got no brainiac features as other smart big screen TVs.  Nonetheless, I don’t care how smart my TV can get if I can’t use Airplay, therefore I have to say Airplay is the only feature I like most on Apple TV.  Oh, I forgot to tell you that you can definitely play video games on a dumb big screen TV through Apple TV’s Airplay.  Cool?