TV Revolution Is Upon Us?

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How many more players are going to join the TV revolution?  As now, we know Google, Apple, Microsoft, and other players are trying to tear down the old and introduce the new TV experience to the mass.  It’s all about how to unplug consumers from Cable and plug ’em into the Internet pipe.  Why would they and the consumers want everything, from phone to TV, to be plugged into the Internet pipe?  I guess the consumers demand and so they give ’em.  After all, the Internet isn’t just more hip and compatible with the time, but consumers can make wiser choices and have more control with their programs.

It’s about on demand yo!  On demand is definitely easier and more hip when consumers plug into the Internet, and so Cable will have to go the way of the dinosaurs.  Netflix is superb example of how on demand would work.  Instead of dictating when a content consumer should view a program, Netflix aired a complete first season of House of Cards show at once, so everyone could watch this all at one go.  Of course, whoever has all the time in the world will be able to watch the whole show at one go with few breaks in between, but most people have jobs and other pleasures to tend to, and so they will have to make their own time to enjoy Netflix’s House of Cards.  The big difference between Netflix’s House of Cards content viewing experience and Cable is that content consumers are in the driver seat for program choices and schedules.

A new player who has just joined the TV revolution is now Intel.  According to The Verge’s “Intel confirms its Internet TV will launch this year, complete with set-top box and a camera” article, Intel will launch Internet TV which comes with hardware that even has camera.  The camera can be turned off at will, but if you leave it on it will watch you watch whatever that you watch… it’s a little creepy in my opinion.  The Verge suggests that Intel will be able to make a wiser choice of showing what commercials and to suggest what shows to the TV audiences if the camera is on.  In my living room?  Sigh…  I don’t mind the camera watch me doing my things in the public space, but in my living room is just creepy.  I prefer a little more privacy when I enjoy my time in my own living room…

I think the TV revolution is about to be cranked up even more.  It’s the trend yo!  I like where this trend is taking us, but I think there will be things that will be discarded into the forgotten pits.  Through trial and error process, the TV revolution will reward the sensible features.  For an example, I don’t think that many people will appreciate being watched by a camera as they watch their favorite shows in the living room.  Features like this will definitely be thrown into the forgotten pits when the TV revolution (of this time) becomes the norm.

I think the TV revolution (of this time) is more about the experience and less of marketing gimmicks.  How come?  There aren’t that many choices for the publishers and marketers when it comes down to how to dictate what will be the ultimate TV experience in the Internet age.  After all, the TV audiences have plenty of choices to tap into for their content viewing pleasure from the Internet itself.  It’s like the TV revolution has to compete with the medium that hosts it.  It competes against the Internet and yet the Internet will be the medium which hosts this Internet TV thingy.  The trick is to make Internet TV the tube to go to for all TV and video content viewing pleasures…  The trick is to beat YouTube?

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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?