Technology Dec 2011
Merging digital screens
digital TVs already connect to broadband internet and with a high
resolution camera can use Skype, for example, to video conference.”
Almost every home has a TV set and we spend an average of three hours a day in front of them and the choice of what to we can do beyond passive viewing is expanding by the month.
Today’s sets are
lighter, thinner, less power hungry in their delivery of full 1080p
digital resolution. HDMI and other interfaces for surround sound,
cameras, laptops and USB devices have opening up a world of
have plummeted as much as 90 percent in the past three years with sales
doubling to 400,000 compared to 2007. Frequent discount offers and
interest free deals from the big chain stores suggest the trend is
Over half were viewed on YouTube, followed by Facebook (2.4 million videos), while TVNZ (TV1, TV2, TV7) and MediaWorks (TV3, TV4) ranked among the top 10 sites reaching 201,000 and 149,000 viewers respectively.
Another major shift in our infrastructure, the dawn of ultrafast broadband, will also challenge our viewing habits over the next five years, opening the way for IPTV to stream new channels and interactive services over the internet.
Broadcasters, content providers, internet and phone companies will
compete and co-operate in the battle to deliver triple-play services;
mobile and landline phones, broadband and TV from a single account.
Telecom and Sky are early players.
While tablet and smarphone devices using internet applications tend to draw viewers away from the TV, the industry is now being challenged to more tightly integrate TV and social networking sessions, with a more full and interactive experience across a range of devices.
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