An entire segment of Hill Holliday’s TVnext summit (earlier this year) highlighted the notion of “TV gets connected.” We explored the rise of the connected TV device and hosted a panel that included thought leaders from Boxee, Google TV, Roku, TiVo, and Xbox.
Just 2 weeks ago, Brian Roberts (Comcast’s Chairman & CEO) demoed the next generation of Xfinity TV (which is currently being piloted in Georgia).
What’s in store?
- A completely redesigned and interactive channel guide (similar to the Xfinity iPad app)
- Quick search across TV viewing sources (onDemand, live TV & DVR)
- New remote that uses RF (not line-of-site) so your cable box can go anywhere in the house
- A powerful recommendations engine based on what you’re watching/DVRing
- Enhanced “last button” showing 9 last actions (Live TV, onDemand, & DVR)
- Apps for weather, traffic, Pandora, etc.
- Integration with Facebook where your friend’s “likes” help you discover new TV content
On the last point, I absolutely love Brian’s quote: “The [TV] guide becomes what your friends tell you to watch, not what linear alphabet tells you what your options are.”
What’s missing for me, at this stage, is open web connectivity which many of the connected TV boxes have – all except, Apple TV. There’s also no Hulu, Netflix, or YouTube integration…yet.
I cross-posted this on Hill Holliday's blog.