Internet and TV Convergence 2012

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 and is filed under Latest News.

With the Consumer Electronics Show taking place next week in Las Vegas, we’ve rubbed our collective crystal balls (behave!) in the office and offered our own opinion on what will be the hot announcements for the coming year.

 

 

Now CES is well known for being the spawning pool of the biggest and most important gadgets for the year ahead, and the word on the street at the minute is that Internet TV is going to go mainstream in 2012.

 

The BBC’s technology guru is Rory Cellan-Jones, and he will be attending the show himself. In his most recent blog he wrote that “it looks as though just about every television that goes on sale from now on will have some means of connecting to the Internet.”

 

Internet TV is Nothing New Though – Right?

 

Now, if you type ‘Internet Television’ into your chosen search engine, there is already an array of products and shopping options available on the market, from leading manufacturers including Panasonic, Toshiba and Sony, among many more.

 

Another player already in the game is Google TV, which has received decidedly mixed reviews during its existence. This service enables the user to view YouTube and other web video content through their television set.

 

Interestingly, Logitech has recently announced that it is to stop making its Google TV devices as they had lost over $100m during the preceding 18 months, which is hardly the most ringing of endorsements.

 

Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt is defiant though, claiming that ‘by the summer of 2012, the majority of televisions you will see in stores will have Google TV embedded on them’. Only time will tell.

 

Looking to the Future

 

Reports from sources close to Apple have stated that its own ‘iTV’ will be released in the second half of the year – with a launch of sorts at CES. Of course iTV is only a working title for the project at the moment, which is rumoured to offer seamless Cloud services, as well as the ability to download films from iTunes and watch them instantly.

 

As the company responsible for the iPod, iPad etc, you know that it is going to be a success. The buzz is that the product will also be fully voice activated, which is nice.

 

So momentum is building for comprehensive Internet TV coverage in 2012, with all of the usual suspects at the forefront. One thing we do know is that it promises exciting things for the world of web video and video production.