”No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” Steve Jobs – Stanford University 2005
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The time to update my blog is always few.. Anyway, this time I want to talk about TVs..
Everytime we want to watch a tv show, a movie or just want to see “what’s on”, we are used to sit on our sofa and turn on the TV.. But the way we are doing that is going to change in the next future.. Maybe we’ll do the same gestures but the way programs will reach our screen will undergo some serious changes.
Let’s talk about the TV as we know it today.. The programs we watch are usually provided by the major broadcasting organisations such as the world famous BBC, or SKY, Mediaset and RAI in Italy.. They are usually aired via antenna, cable or sat and we watch them on a classic Tv. They can be free and transmitted thanks to the money granted by advertising, or we have to pay a subscription in order to enjoy them.
Quite any of this services provides a large variety of channels but we are obliged to follow the palimpsest decided by the supplying company, without the chance to decide what we want to see apart from the possibility to scroll through the many channels..
And what about when there’s nothing we like?…
Well.. this is where the future TV comes in.. Internet TV.
Internet tv is infact one of the hottest topic between the giants of technology.. For exemple It’s since a while that Apple is interested in this kind of entertainment by giving the opportunity to rent movies or buy Tv shows online via their iTunes store, and now, as most of us already know, that even google is interested in providing a WebTv service that will be called googletv besides the well known “home made videos and not only” site: youtube. Apple also has its own device the appleTv that is useful to download or view videos directly with the tv which could be renewed soon and named iTV.
So what are the strong point of the Internet TV?
- First of all it’s surely the customization. You watch what you want to watch, not what they want you to watch. (nice tongue-twister =) )..
- Targeted advertising. We will see ads that responds to our tastes not only crap we are not interested in.
The hardest thing to control are prices that don’t have to be too high but they have to satify the content suppliers too. Probably the best solution is an annual or monthly fare with unlimited downloads. Apple is already working with producers for this and probably even Google too..
Future is next, and the challenges that the incoming companies and the old-style one will face are many. I think that BBC & co. will have to review their strategy very soon, because internet Tv will take a very big slice of their market.
Apart from the all new stunning piece of engineering that is the last creation by Apple, the iPhone 4, that surely everyone will talk about.. I wanna talk about one particular new feature for this device, Apple calls it FaceTime, but as a matter of fact it’s simply videocalls.
Not so many years ago many mobile devices manufactures together with some carriers tried to launch videocalls, but apart probably from Japan they have not been a great success..
Now this makes me ask a question.. Why?
Well I think it’s all a matter of costs.. How much does a videocall costs? Probably too much you will say.. 🙂
I’ve just said too much.. You can understand by yourself what I want to say 🙂
Everybody is waiting for the keynote that will take place today, June 7th at 10am Pacific.
As we get closer to the event many rumors and photos of new products are coming up.. But I don’t like speculation that much..
We’ll see what Apple will give us in few hours.. 🙂
If you want to follow the keynote I recommend you to go to macrumorslive.com it’s a great site to follow this event, since gizmodo this time is out of the game LOL
Update: it seems that also engadget will be present to the keynote.. you can follow their live updates here
I am so busy in these days… Too many things to do and not so much time to write something here.
In the next few images, you can see an interesting e-mails exchange between Steve Jobs and a Gawker’s blogger Ryan Tate. It is very interesting how Ryan is able to gain Steve’s actenction writing avout Bob Dylan, a Steve Jobs’ guru… So that, Steve, that usually write very very short answers, this time is more involved… Read and Enjoy…
This is an unofficial preview from Vietnam…
Just another amazing video…