I have always thought that the natural progression of things would be for your TV and PC to become married into one unit, especially after cable TV providers became your phone and internet providers. Google appears to be ready to become an all consuming content provider through the development of online television.
Google TV is on its way. It broaches some interesting questions that are addressed in this article by Sam Diaz:
Perhaps we will actually have a use for that PIP (Picture in a Picture) functionality that has deluded me for so long. If this works, you could monitor your email on one screen and watch the ballgame on the other.
Your TV will become just a “big monitor”. Just think, would the history of movies change? Although we have come a long way with content that we watch, such as being able to record via TIVO, wouldn’t it be great if we could watch whatever we want – on demand? I think you will see online TV sites, such as HULU start to surface as this becomes the new reality.
The mobile app market currently held specifically for cell phones would now be able to expand their product suites to coincide with this interactive television phenomenon.
The big question will be – how many will you need for your house? Do you have to buy one for every kid? Will the internet have to become a paid service? Will advertising become cheaper because there will be more opportunities?
On top of surfing the web, could you make a skype call with a TV app? Straight from the Tube? What will that do to the remote control industry (and the male population <vbg>). What will the mute button mute?
What are your thoughts?