The future of TV and the web


Are TV and the internet born to be together?

Are television and the internet edging closer to a state of wedded harmony, forming a one-stop shop for consumers?

I made it my mission to find out. That's why earlier in the month I took a road trip from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas (you can read more about my journey in previous posts). The main reason was to make a programme about the future of television, and the role that Silicon Valley's software companies might play.

My final destination was the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where on display was the very hardware made by these firms. Here you can watch my report on what lies ahead for the marriage between TV and the internet.

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    Comment number 15.

    BluesBerry wrote:

    "I hope this doesn't happen because I think the Internet is too easily govt controlled, govt monitored, & otherwise subject to govt interference."

    Uh, the Internet would not even be if were not for a certain American government agency.

    "Take SOFA and PIPA..."

    No need if people gave up the bizarre idea that they are somehow entitled to take things without paying for them.

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    Comment number 14.

    The real discussion is sadly is not with the hardware, its with the distribution channels and advertising.
    Someone has to distribute the content (and buy the rights). If that is done well over the net, it has HUGE implications for the TV networks.
    What would be the implications of more focussed advertising, when ads could be specificity tailored to the individual watching

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    Comment number 13.


    Quite agree - I already find the branding logo for channels on TV intrusive. It shows "branding paranoia" where the companies are scared you dont know what channel you are watching.

    In reality, their fears are completely baseless - there is no evidence whatsoever that channels benefit from such branding. So I can imagine they will smother the picture with rubbish given half a chance

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    Comment number 12.

    The future of internet-enabled TV...pop-over adverts for Diet Coke every time it is mentioned on screen that you need to close, semi-transparent adverts scrolling along the bottom of the screen that you need to close, flip to "906" and get pop-ups that re-open when you try and close them.

    No thanks.

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    Comment number 11.

    I think that we will see more programs delivered via a network to a set top box. TV will become less scheduled and more on-demand.

    We will also end up with adverts that are tailored to us based on our viewing and internet surfing habits.

    Is this a bad thing? Well we have to put up with ads anyway, why not let them at least be a little interesting to us.


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