We live in a mobile content world. People all over the globe use their smartphones to send messages over Twitter, update their Facebook status and catch up on the latest news from websites (like this one) that have mobile-friendly versions. But let’s face it, even larger smartphone screens, like the 4.3 inch one on my Android device, are great when you’re on the go but not too friendly when it comes to watching a movie or favorite tv show. Today’s internet connected generation is looking for choices. Oh sure, you could stream a tv show on your computer with online providers like Hulu, but wouldn’t it be better to stretch out on the sofa in the comfort of your own living room to do it?
Enter internet-connected tv into the game.
Companies like Google, Apple, Cisco and TiVo’s latest product offering, are giving consumers ways to enjoy television by combining traditional tv with online content. Now you can check your Facebook from the couch without having to go to a computer or pull your cell phone out of your pocket.
Yahoo! showed off their Yahoo! Connected TV platform at last week’s CES and they appear to have formed some already solid partnerships for the service. Already announced providers Samsung, Sony, LG, Vizio and Toshiba, make tv sets that work with the service and the latest word is that Disney is in talks to provide content for the service.
Disney’s looking to create widgets for their ABC, ESPN and Disney networks for the service that would help deliver their content. It’s still too early in the game to know whether you’ll be able to watch the latest full episode of Desperate Housewives, or just clips of the show yet. One thing’s for certain though, gaining Disney as a content provider would definitely lend some instant popularity with consumers for the service when one considers just how much media Disney owns.
Time will tell just how popular or not this kind of service will yet be. If Yahoo’s claims are accurate though, I could soon be using that Android phone of mine as a smart-remote to control their Internet Connected TV