A lot has happened in the world of the television in the past 10 years. Consider these advancements:
- The Television Itself - we've gone from projection TVs to Plasma, then LCD, and now LED. Look at how inexpensive they have become as well.
- Connections - we used to connect devices to the TV through Coax and RCA, then Composite, and now HDMI.
- High Definition - we were introduced to HDTV and now many levels of High Definition.
- Devices - the devices have dramatically changed from VCRs to DVDs, to Blue Ray and now Connected TV Devices (Roku, Apple TV, etc.) steaming video from the cloud
- DVR - remember when we recorded shows on VCRs or actually watched live TV? Now we just DVR and fast forward through commercials watching whenever we want. I can actually now record a show from my iPhone when I'm not home.
- On-Demand - I think this might be the biggest game changer with cable offering On-Demand along with subscription services like Hulu and Netflix being able to watch whatever you want whenever you want.
- Our television becomes a computer. This is where Apple TV, Roku, X-Box come in connecting our TVs to the internet. I think we will see more of these devices just built into the TV units themselves. There will also be no need for wires as they will connect to the internet through wireless internet. Connecting to the internet allows us to not only bring in content, but also send out content (game changer).
- Our smart phones become a remote/controller. They actually do this already, but I think you will see this become more of a commonplace rather than something that just nerds do. Gaming will also be a big part of this and I also envision our phones often serving as the game controllers. Think about 10 people gathering in a living room to play a game and they all have an interactive controller in their hands.
- Our tablets become a second monitor. If you're like most people you're already using Social Media at the same time you watch TV. Tablets offer the screen size to not just serve as a viewing screen but create a very interactive social experience alongside your video viewing experience on your TV.