Imagine for a second, your wireless device, complete with daft ring tone, begins it’s inevitable wake up call.
While it’s screaming at you to shake a leg, video scrolls across the bottom telling you there are delays on the Victoria line (again) and that the 10,000th episode of the X-Factor is waiting for you, wherever you fancy watching it.
For old times sake, you tell your main screen to turn on. It feels good to be obeyed…X-Factor loads up…no buffering.
Thankfully it wasn’t your 14 year old daughter’s personalised screen that loaded. There are some things you’d rather not know.
You command your very own personalised TV interface to cut to the X-Factor chase, the sing off. You conduct the screen, a bit like that arcane gaming device. Now what was that called? Oh yes, the Xbox Kinect.
Whoops, no time to get engaged with that, you quickly bookmark the episode, ‘grab it’ from your big screen, and lob it at your wireless device (If only you could remember to call it that, in your day it was simply a phone). Great, now you’re all set to watch later while you wait for the Victoria Line to arrive.
At least it will cheer you up, your energy provider has just communicated that your house and campervan are consuming way over your carbon footprint allocation for the month. Lord only knows how you’re going to off set it this time.
Seem a bit far-fetched?
Between Apple, the Windows 7 OS and Xbox Kinect, Playstation and Blu-Ray it’s almost there.
On the go services, synchronised across all devices is here with synchronised Remote User Interfaces (RUI’s) just around the corner.
Cisco claim that video consumption into the home has gone up 56% in the last year and is set to go up by 156% in the next 3 years. Sure to equal headaches for bandwidth service providers. Perhaps why they are leading the way in Content delivery Networks and Set Top Boxes.
For the consumer and the content owner alike it’s a minefield of choices and technology with no standards, especially across Europe.
Content in the home v Content in the cloud, Over The Top TV, Managed networks, where DSAT and IPTV are a reality. HbbTV anyone?
Will it be delivered in HTML5, Flash or Silverlight?
Multiple technologies, multiple vendors, multiple DRM solutions, multiple network technologies…Confused?
What is certain is that TV’s will be connected, they are now, and usage is set to grow.
Oh and if anyone asks…all I want for Christmas is standardised Metadata across all of that lot…