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Hi Will, there are a couple of interesting discussions I would like to

*1) Define TV*
Despite I guess we all know which kind of features such product might offer
(based on Google TV, Apple TV, Boxee etc....), I find quite interesting the
fact that in certain context when we refer to TV we only mean standard
broadcast. How many people do say "I don't watch TV" but they indeed watch
YouTube, downloaded movies, etc...? I personally "watch TV" but the way how
I do it definitely changed when I got into Sky+, now I record series
automatically or book recording from my mobile. And if I miss something, I
can watch it on the related On Demand applications (one for each channel)
on my PS3. So, definitely times are changing!

*2) Clear use cases*
Standard TV was introduced on the market almost 100 years ago! While the
programs and their format evolved drastically, the way people use it didn't
change much. After all I have been taught that humans don't really change
so quickly. While technology is adding some interesting use cases, we can
already start listing failures, such as:

   - youtube on tv
   - twitter on tv

If to watch a 1 minute youtube video you need to spend 2 minutes to search
it, it doesn't really worth it. And also with twitter, TV is typically a
very passive consumer product. It shouldn't ask much from you!

I think we can already outline some clear use cases:

   - standard TV: very passive, keeps you company when in background,
   advertisement can play a part in it.
   - recorded TV: don't ever miss a live show you like. This could be
   a convenient way to have a tailored program for the user without relying on
   On Demand deals with broadcasters.
   - TV as big and shared display: push content from your mobile devices
   (Airplay, and practically also Xbox, are supporting this)

If you can do well these 3 things, you have good chances!

I think these can be the USP because I don't think that any partnership
with content provider (eg. to rent/sell movies) will be unique, probably
not even if based on Ubuntu One.

Best, chr

On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 5:18 PM, Will Cooke <will.cooke@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

> **
> Hi everyone,
> I just thought I'd send out a quick "Hello" email to let you know a little
> bit about what we're thinking about from a TV perspective.
> First of all I would encourage you to have a listen to the TV session at
> UDS earlier this month.  You can find the recording here:
> http://mirrors.tumbleweed.org.za/uds-p/2011-10-31-18-55-community-ubuntu-and-televisions.1.ogg
> We talked about how people currently "use" their television, what their
> viewing habits are, what features would they like to see, what sort of
> technology are we dealing with and some of the pitfalls we will need to
> overcome in order to provide the best possible experience.
> I think this could act as a great catalyst to get our conversation started.
> So, what do you think the television of the future will look like?  Will
> we continue to have a big screen in our living room? How will our
> relationship with "live" broadcasts change?  What role will portable
> devices take in the near, medium and long term?  Do 3D films have a place
> at home?
> I'd be interested to hear your thoughts!
> Cheers, Will
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