I am sitting on my couch in San Francisco watching TV with my friend--who is sitting on his couch in LA. I can see his face in a window on the TV screen, and he can see me the same way. We are text messaging and voice chatting as we watch. We see a cool car come on the screen that I immediately like. I click the TV image with my remote/mouse thing, and up pops an Internet browser window with full information on the car. My friend's wife then sends him a text message from her cell phone to his TV screen telling him to stop screwing around and start dinner.Let's contrast the world of "converged services" that carriers are trying to shove down our throats with the world of real life that works just fine, thank you:
I am sitting on my couch in Fort Worth, watching TV. My friend calls and I pause the program I'm watching (Thank you, TiVo). I tell my friend I can't talk right now because I'm watching TV. He understands.My point: Believe it or not, there are some areas in our lives where we have all the technology we really need. All we're really interested in is how we can pay less for the stuff we like.
I resume my TV watching. I see a cool car during one show but I don't click on anything. I'm not shopping; I'm watching TV.
My wife sends a text message to my cell phone. I don't get her message until later that evening, because I switch my phone off when I'm watching TV. She understands and apologizes for her mistake.
— Phil Harvey, TV Watching Editor, Light Reading