TV is doomed…

1 02 2007

… in its current form. Had you worried there for a minute didn’t I? So says Outgoing Microsoft chief cheese Bill Gates, but more tellingly, a survey conducted by Harris Interactive for Youtube.

Two entities with differing agendas offering up the same opinion. One of the key quotes from the Bill Gates article is actually a statement from Reuters, I don’t know where their research came from.

The rise of high-speed Internet and the popularity of video sites like Google Inc.’s YouTube has already led to a worldwide decline in the number hours spent by young people in front of a TV set.

In the years ahead, more and more viewers will hanker after the flexibility offered by online video and abandon conventional broadcast television, with its fixed program slots and advertisements that interrupt shows, Gates said.

So thats it. Bill Gate backs up what I’ve been saying for a long time. I always knew he plaigarised my work. Even when I doubted myself, I knew. More interesting stats from the research by Harris interactive, including people giving up spending time with friends and family to watch Youtube videos. wow. Do it, but don’t admit it!

Of the frequent YouTube users, 66 percent claim they are sacrificing other activities when on YouTube, including other websites (36 percent), time spent watching TV (32 percent), email and other online social networking (20 percent), work/homework (19 percent), playing video games (15 percent), watching DVDs (12 percent) and even spending time with friends and family in person (12 percent).

My thoughts on the matter are, as always, that somebody needs to definitively move the internet experience into the living room for even the dumbest human being to put together. That means no set-top box, no wireless bridge, no streaming slingbox. No PC on in one room just to watch TV in another. I’m talking TV’s with wi-fi built in. Who is with me??? Can ya dig it! No? fine, stick with a satellite dish on the side of your house. Read the full results of the survey here. But Click here for Bill’s wise words.

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2 responses

2 02 2007
Jan

I think TV in its current format is going to be with us for a long time to come. Like you wrote you need TV and PC combined in the next step of the home-entertainment-evolution.But even if on demand viewing would become idiot-proof and available in the livingroom, it will still take a generation for peope to change. All these studies about the death of TV only focus on geeks and young flexible people how are open to change. They ignore the older generations who never used a computer and the poor who can’t aford one at home. Traditional TV might loose some viewers but its going to be a big player for years to come.

11 02 2007
ebarnieh

if the set-top box is right, you don’t need a PC to have On Demand TV. Virgin Media, Homechoice, and BT vision are out to prove that. But it will take a generation or two before its the norm.

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