We’ve now got:
- A bunch of set-top boxes that rent/sell/download/stream movies (Roku, AppleTV, Slingcatcher)
- Some new TVs that have the “Internet inside”
- Game units with browsers or Internet functionality (i.e., Wii, Xbox)
Despite these developments, we don’t have the full Internet on TV — yet.
Of course the “look and feel” of the experience, whatever takes hold, will have to be different on a 42″ screen vs. a desktop, laptop or mobile screen — much more visual and navigable with a remote and/or voice control.
However the little known Lycos Cinema points the way toward one almost certain future experience: social TV (with live chat). Watch shows/movies with your friends. It will bring back “appointment viewing” (as opposed to time shifting) in a new and different way.
Within 3-5 years (or sooner) however all the content you can get online you’ll be able to get on your “living room monitor.” Yahoo had the right vision of the future with its original articulation of “GO” — my content on any device: TV, online, mobile.