The 5 Most Over-Hyped ?Future of TV? Topics
Editor?s note: Jeremy Toeman is a founder of Dijit Media, a startup whose vision is to create the ultimate ?hyperpersonalised social TV guide? mobile experience. Jeremy has over 11 years experience in the convergence of digital media, mobile entertainment, social entertainment, social TV and consumer technology working with companies like Sling Media, Mediabolic, Boxee, Clicker, VUDU, and more. Follow him on Twitter @jtoeman.
From some of the chatter out there, it seems like the prerequisites to have ?deep knowledge? about the TV industry is to have ever watched TV. Yes, that sounds pretty cynical, but I see post after post espousing wisdom on topics that are so misguided it makes my head shake ? involuntarily. While everyone is certainly entitled to their opinions, there?s just something to be said for a little research, a little fact checking, and deep diving with industry experts. I think the ?future of TV? industry at large would benefit greatly from a little more of the above, and a little less jumping on bandwagons.
Accordingly, here are the 5 topics I see on practically a daily basis that are just plain tired, and should be put to rest.
1. The Future of TV is about Voice Control and Gestures
In the future, you?ll tell your TV to change to channel 702, ask it when the next Tom Cruise movie is on, and wave your hand to change the channel. Really? This is exciting? First, when it comes to gestures, the *best case scenario* is using gestures for the most simple of functionality, such as channel/volume adjustments. What?s the ?when?s the next Tom Cruise movie on?? gesture (protip: you jump on your couch). It?s a model that works great for games, and not much else.
And as far as talking to your TV, whether it?s Jack Donaghy?s awesome voice-controlled TV for Kabletown, or this funny commercial, it?s clearly an easy topic to play around with:
But is there value in it? Some, definitely. I do not, in any way, question the fact that a well-executed voice in