Is My TV a Big SmartPhone?

I have to admit that even though I’m a tech enthusiast, TV’s have never really been something that I get overly excited about. That is, until recently. It was with the introduction of 3D TV’s when televisions first started to catch my attention. The idea of having a truly immersive television experience within the comfort of my own living room was intriguing. And while 3D TV isn’t taking off as much as the manufacturers had hoped (mostly due to lack of content), it was still a big step for the evolution of TV’s.

Over the past 12 months, yet another step in the evolution of TV’s has emerged. With the integration of “APPS” into the television platform. I think we can credit Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, for inspiring other manufacturers to create a simple user experience by building app-based interfaces. That may sound a bit technical, but really it’s just the idea of providing users with an easy-to-use graphical interface for browsing content. It also symbolizes the evolution of moving away from 1 dimensional content streams being fed to people from cable providers into a rich multi-media experience. With this, people can sift through interactive games, information and social tools directly from their TV’s. Samsung’s series of Smart TV’s is a great example of this.

It’s now possible to chat on Facebook or tweet to your heart’s content from your TV while watching your favorite show. Plus if you have a Skype-savvy Grandma, you can plug in a Skype cam to your tv for a video chat. It’s only a matter of time before the TV’s are sold with built-in infrared rays that will play content based on who enters the room. For example, when Dad walks in, the sports channel comes on or HGTV for Mom. You can imagine the possibilities.


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  1. Cijaye DePradine
    Cijaye DePradine 17 November, 2011, 08:48

    Hi Lindsay,

    I saw your app talk with Sophie Lui on GlobalTV this morning and I wanted to stop by and say thank you for the suggestions you made. They were very interesting.

    I’ve been using iPhone reminders for my grocery list because it’s now on the cloud – I can see updates from my husband as they happen too. BUT I will try the grocery app you suggested as I do like the idea of the app sorting by isle! That’s an excellent time saver!

    I am also, now very curious about Rdio – it sounds very much like the Netflix for Music – and that makes sense as long as it the variety of music to choose from is not only classic but also current. *I find Netflix Canada very sparse in it’s variety. I don’t see to many new movies and for that reason, I often question the investment.

    That said, I am curious if you are aware of the new SOPA law being pushed and whether you know if Rdio (and similar apps) will be affected? *The same question would apply to app based TV’s like the Samsung (or my Panasonic Vierra 3DHDTV) that are starting to offer these types of apps. I could see this SOPA law putting a bit of damper on how exciting these app based TV’s can get. (I use Shoutcast Radio on my VierraCast and it’s AWESOME! But I would love to see Rdio on the TV too if I could – that way I can control the music selection I want whereas with Shoutcast, I cannot). Any thoughts?

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