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Jan 27 2010

The Arrival of Internet Based Television


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This article is based on my complete disgust for the way TV programming works right now.

For the last twenty years, the Internet has been moving and growing; it’s morphed so many times and now it’s almost like it’s omnipresent. It’s an expected service of just about every device you’ve and it’s not the most used information outlet; Television is still the most viewed/used.

It’s unquestionable that the picture quality of TV has gotten better, but the same basic programming, how that content is presented to us, hasn’t changed.

Your still provided with a ‘guide’. Whether it was a TV guide or an electronic guide of what was on. It’s current state is horrible…

TV has the worst, by far, GUI ever. In comparison, television should be what Blue-ray is…

TV should be watch what you want, when you want and how you want. But the striking fact is, you can’t and you’re not allowed to. The guide and the providers like Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon tell you how and when you can watch your entertainment.

Certainly the introduction of the DVR was a ‘wow’ factor and a God-Send to others, but it’s really a stop gap to the problem at hand.

When I go to watch television now and I click the ‘clicker’ to give me the guide listing, I sigh every time. I think the listing is stupid, I think the interface is horrible and I HATE scrolling through channel after channel, after channel, of stuff I don’t want to watch. It’s a ridiculous process. I’ve hundreds of channels I don’t want to watch and there’s nothing I can do about it.

It’s the best example of a captive audience I’ve ever seen. You’ve to use this crap…

But I know this is not the end. The answer is IPTV.

IPTV is going to fix all this crap and bring the experience everyone is looking for.

I mentioned Blue-Ray before, and the statement is explained by the interactive functions of the movies provided. With Blue-Ray the movies play and you’ve interactive abilities with the discs/movies. You can watch the movie, interact with it, comment on it and lots of other various things.

The simple fact is people don’t need 900 channels of crap, they need quality and to pay for only the channels they want to watch [I hear the roaring cheers now].

Efforts to solve this can be found right in your face, with YOUTUBE and HULU. These are not solutions, but stop-gaps and preludes of things to come. On YOUTUBE, you can watch what you want to watch, when you want to watch it; via your PC [exceptions apply]. But the true answer is going to be a set-top box that can allow the viewers to watch the shows, interact, rate and schedule and ALL SORTS of things. That can really show what’s really good and what sucks.

Honestly, if you think about it for a second; imagine watching your TV show, a commercial pops on, you job to the shows fan club, leave a comment or ask a question about the character, go back to the show and, if the option is turned on, maybe get nick-knack facts about the show as your watching it.

And the remotes of the future are not going to be all numbers, with all the jumps in development, I think the remotes of the future will be doing voice recognition; linked to the Internet and figuring out what you just said and pulling it for you. But I don’t want to think about the price of them…

But will it happen? I don’t know.

Are you in favor of a completely Internet based TV solution?

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The Internet is already being pushed for high speed delivery of service and it’s strained. People like COMCAST and Time Warner Cable are stretching their networks to the limit. AT&T and Time Warner Cable have low limits on how much you can transfer using your Internet connection. All this has come about since the ISP’s decided ‘unlimited’ is not unlimited. And why would the providers like COMCAST and AT&T let you’ve Internet TV when you could be paying for their programming, as opposed to dealing with bandwidth caps; it’s a fine line.

I could be completely off-base here, but I’d love to hear some reactions, or from people that are using or have tried the Internet based TV services.

 

 

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LHenryJr.
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  • Karen

    I’m looking at my options these days and came upon your article. I’ve
    long wanted to only pay for what I want to watch. Interactivity, likely
    not. For me, watching the TV is a passive activity. Given where we are
    today, I’m a multi-TiVo user and I want to reduce my Comcast expense – I
    want a guide that acts like both a web-based browser and a DVR. I want
    it to park a list of new episodes of my favorite shows that I can stream
    when I’m available, provide a guide from which I can shop for
    interesting programs and give me a chance to view upcoming show trailers
    that I can add to my favorites list. For this, I’d pay TiVo something
    less than $50 a month on top of Internet-only service from Comcast. They
    can include all the advertising they want, as long as I can
    fast-forward through it – not having it would also be a bonus but I
    understand everyone needs a revenue stream. If one day the industries
    can converge to provide users with intelligent flexibility – I’m on
    board

    • http://www.lehsys.com Larry Henry

      I think that’s fairly accurate and I would have to agree with most of your comments.