Next year television and the internet should be properly united. Google TV is set to launch in Europe and YouView, the internet TV joint venture between the Beeb, ITV and Channel 4, should launch in the second quarter. ill be coming along in the spring.
Virgin Media have recently announced “the UK’s first next-generation entertainment platform”, which is a set top box. Utilising TiVo, a digital television recording system, it will join up TV, on-demand and the web.
Customers should be able to access over 4,000 hours of on-demand content as well as use it as you would a personal video recorder and enjoy web applications.
By using a 10mbps modem, customers will be able to stream content from networks such as Youtube easily.
Search abilities are good, rather than just find programming you can easily find related information content. For example, if you are watching a particular programme, the search mechanism will find related content on Youtube. But it doesn’t feel like being on the web. There is no browser, and the apps you get are decided by Virgin.
This is a TV with some access to the web. What you can’t do is have open access to the Internet and strongly separates online television from general web surfing.
Nonetheless, it’s an advanced TV that gives you more than standard TVs. As usual, the best way to enjoy this kind of experience is on a decent sized screen which is angled perfectly, and for this you need TV brackets. The flexibility of being able to adjust your TV ongoing with TV brackets is becoming more and more important as TVs are becoming more than just TV.