This is the best piece I’ve read yet on the landscape of television and why companies like Apple are having a tough time doing for television what they did for music (and mobile phones).
Netflix streaming library doesn’t have all the deep content their DVD library has but it has plenty of gems and there’s enough content up there to justify an AppleTV if you’re into such things.
Now you can watch TED talks on your computer, iPad, iPhone or, your TV.
Searching for stuff like this on AppleTV is tough but setting up a nice, fat Netflix streaming que on your computer is easy. Here’s the beginning of a TED list to add to your que if you’re into such things: TED Talks on Netflix.
Watch the video. Nilay Patel interviews Rishi Chandra on GoogleTV, Android’s future as an OS for televisions, cable boxes, DVRs, and other TV add-ons.
Not a single mention of Apple TV, iOS, or any of Apple’s work in this area except to say that they believe Android will dominate in the tablet area (toward the end of the interview).
If you listen to the interview, the complexity of the various things Google is doing sounds much like listening to Steve Balmer talk about how Windows will be integrated into everything. As many know, Microsoft is having difficulty in this area and while Android may be doing well as an OS, the universe of gadgets that run various flavors of it is a mess.
I love the simplicity of Apple TV, AirPlay and using my iPhone or iPad as a remote. Did you see those Google TV remotes? Ugh.
No doubt the internet is affecting the future of broadcast and cable TV and it may be a wide open market right now. I can tell you that the Bravia operating system Sony builds into its TVs is awful and I stay out of those menus on my TV as much as possible. I want to use my Sony TV as a dumb flat screen for some future Apple device (Apple TVX) that controls everything simply and easily. No doubt that’s coming soon.