First there was TV. Then HD TV and connected TV. Now — with Google TV — we’re about to enter the era of smart TV. And I’m going to predict that it will change everything.
It really isn’t such a risky bet. Unlike Web TV or widget TV or other attempts to marry the Web and television, Google TV brings the full Web and TV together seamlessly. So we can close the cabinet door on the old model — the TV, the DVD/VCR.
And it’s easy to see how we’ve been moving in this direction — more content, an integrated digital experience — for decades. Ever since Philo Farnsworth, people have searched for ways to improve the tube.
But Logitech Revue with Google TV is different. Google TV is such a significant shift in how content (in all its forms: sitcoms, movies, news, social networks, weather, shopping) is delivered into the living room that it’ll be the way we watch TV for years and years to come.
Why? Two reasons: choice and scalability.
Cable increased what you could watch from about a dozen stations to several hundred stations. Connected TV gave you a few additional apps. It’s mind-blowing to consider, but Google TV increases your content choices from a few hundred to the near-infinite library of content on the Web. That’s why we think it’s not an overstatement to say, if you think it, you can watch it.
Second, Logitech Revue with Google TV comes with Logitech Harmony built in. Harmony Link is a combination of hardware and software, currently built into every Harmony remote, which translates commands (such as a Volume Up button press) into infrared (IR) signals that can control many entertainment devices. And because Harmony is powered by the world’s largest database of A/V device codes — and it grows every time someone adds a new device —you’ll be able to control the devices you own today, and the ones you buy tomorrow.
So I’m not really going out on limb with my prediction. But if you’re like me, you’re getting more excited every day.
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