What We Really Want In Web TV
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom E (500 E Cesar Chavez St)
Speaker: Jim Funk
About: The fight to define the future of the living room is heating up, with Internet-enabled televisions and devices serving as the next battle ground. Yet as more devices and companies enter the fray, the question that has yet to be answered is exactly how much of the Web consumers actually want on their televisions. The ability to stream movies, webisodes, and archived television series have proven popular, but do we also want email, web browsing, and other full internet capabilities enabled? Companies are racing to add expanded features and capabilities to their Web TV devices, but are they doing so at the expense of simplicity for consumers really want? In this panel we will discuss the future of web TV, both in content and hardware, and assess where the industry currently stands and where it is headed in the future. What web content do consumers want on their televisions? Is cable cutting really a viable option for mainstream viewers, and what will the relationship between cable, isp, and content providers with Web TV companies look like? Or will Web TV simply be part of a larger vision of the universally accessible digital locker?