Here Come Broadband TVs

26 thoughts on “Here Come Broadband TVs”

  1. Nice interview! It was very informative. I look forward to seeing more of your interviews. I did not know they were making TV sets but it does make sense. I do like the external boxes such as the one Roku offers becasuse if something breaks with the box, you don’t have to repair the whole TV.

  2. WebTV had the right idea back in the mid 90’s. How long until the web and our tvs merge and we’ll be able to interact with tv programs/ads? Can you imagine touch screen tvs with real time polling or buy now buttons? How cool would that be?

  3. Any thoughts on how this plays out on Software / Platform side?

    At Mefeedia.com, our strategy has been to focus on Video Search & Discovery services. Why? Consumers with these connected TVs will want comprehensive (Mefeedia searches 15,000+ video sources), easy-to-use, video services to help discover new video content, and act as a “Web-based DVR” that doesn’t attach them to a single device or content source.

  4. Another one to watch is Nintendo who are surely are going to launch a HD capable Wii in the next 3 years and i see them partnering with TV manufactures in the future because of the Wii Remote .

    The Wii will have Everybody’s Theater available as a WiiWare title later month in Japan as a pay per view video streaming service developed by FujiSoft who are licensing their video player to other 3rd party developers.
    Nintendo is also going to launch their own ad supported video channel in Summer in Japan and possibly worldwide later in the year .

  5. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it must be a duck. This “broadband TV” is nothing more that a set-top-box stuck inside a TV. Whether its on the inside or outside, its still a box.

    I don’t think any of these duplicate-processor solutions make sense. Folks already have an expensive box – their PCs – why buy another one?

    You can easily connect your PC to your TV with an affordable cable and bring the Internet into your living room. I watched the film “Secret Service” on my HDTV last night and it streamed beautifully (thanks Joost!). I still believe that in the next few years both PCs and TVs will come with a built-in ability to communicate wirelessly (Quartics.com). For now, my $25 cable works great! PCTVCables.com

  6. The big issue for Broadband TV is user interface. A normal TV remote is not a good interface for surfing the web. Whatever these TVs ship with needs to be functional yet simple enough not to turn off less sophisticated customers. I predict a lot of failures in that department — especially considering that many current model remotes leave a lot ot be desired for non-Broadband TV control . . .

  7. For sure Netflix on TV is a very good idea. But there is more entertainment on the internet than the Netflix catalog offers. The Intel-Yahoo widget channel (see CES 2009) seems like a better idea in the sense that it is an open platform and embraces more. Anything can be a widget – not just the familiar suspects (weather, traffic, stock, tweets, ..) but also movie trailers, or even an entire movie store. Will yahoo succeed in pulling it off is another question altogether and probably depends on if it can find ways to monetize this.

    In any case, the yahoo widget story will not go unnoticed (in the short-term). It will be interesting to see what other innovators are planning for this piece of the pie. What would Google, Apple, Microsoft etc do? And who would CE manufacturers, (admittedly in recession) flirt with..and why? Talking of whom, the obvious question is how far is a TV from a next-gen netbook (in terms of hardware and software) ?

    2009 promises to be the year (finally!) when rich internet content enters the living room. And not via a long cable from the connected PC to the dumb TV (which sounds

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