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.

Rory Cellan-Jones, Technology correspondent Article written by Rory Cellan-Jones Rory Cellan-Jones Technology correspondent


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    Comment number 1.

    I think physical TV's as such will be on their way out the day 'electronic paper', printed on real paper, can be done in colour, there'll be wallpaper and whole walls will become any number of windows showing whatever content. meanwhile, those 55" LG OLEDs looked good even on an 'ordinary' LCD HDTV.

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    Comment number 2.

    I watched your very nice video, but by the end I still could not see: television & Internet edging closer to a state of wedded harmony, forming a one-stop shop for consumers? In fact, I hope this doesn't happen because I think the Internet is too easily govt controlled, govt monitored, & otherwise subject to govt interference. Take SOFA and PIPA...

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    Comment number 3.

    It is about choosing the right interface for the job. I hate the push to lap tops - I see the kids struggling to do homework on a screen no bigger than I had 15 years ago, purely because the laptop or tablet is "cool"

    Likewise, I dont want TV on my wall - I dont want it dominating my room. A device should fit the way I live, not the other way round.

    I feel I am being forced into bad design

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    Comment number 4.

    It will take a major advantage to marry television and Internet - like total surround, immersing experience where you can watch, smell, taste - what you are selecting. It will take a lot more than a few gadgets. Presently, There is NOTHING BIG BETWEEN Internet & TV that would send customers running to buy. Marriage product will have to be mind-blowing!

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    Comment number 5.

    @BluesBerry #2

    Unlike television, which is completely free of government control, monitoring and censor?


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