In an interview published on TechRadar.com Eric Kim, Intel's Vice President for the Digital Home Group, states that:
"The TV is the largest screen in people's lives and it's been the one to lag behind in terms of functionality.There simply hasn't been the right platform to enable greater functionality. The TV and other CE devices have been highly optimized for playback only, so their application processing aspect is weak. Delivering a powerful media processor (the Intel Media Processor CE 3100) opens up the possibilities."
Right now a lot of content from TV is being uploaded online to our computers, we can now watch full episodes of our favorite TV shows and even movies online. The television industry has recognized the ubiquitous nature of the internet and is taking advantage of it.
But unless you have your big screen TV hooked up to your PC, the viewing experience gets you to miss the sheer size of your viewing area. I have debated getting a bigger monitor because of this, I am primarily a programmer - although I do some photo editing on my PC - it's not the unit's primary function so getting a bigger monitor will just be adding a lot of white space to my work area.
Intel has now proposed a solution to bring the internet to your TV. Web TV was not very successful when it launched years ago, but that was before Web 2.0 - before most of our TV shows enticed you to interact online.
Imagine watching a basketball game on TV while simultaneously instant messaging your friend in the Philippines who is also watching the show? Wouldn't that make the world just a little bit closer? When those TV contests ask you to vote for your favorite and you can do it right on your TV without going on your PC or needing to find your mobile phone, wouldn't that be less of a hassle?
Considering that most internet services are bundled with a TV and phone service nowadays, adding Web 2.0 to your TV seems to make more sense now than it did when WebTV came into existence.
What do you think? I would love to read your thoughts about this new technology. Please leave me a comment. Thanks!