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I'm Watching TV

Phil Harvey
5/3/2007

4:00 PM -- From The Philter's Hell on Earth file, does anyone really want the vision of the "converged services" future described in PC World:

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.

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.

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.

— Phil Harvey, TV Watching Editor, Light Reading

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jlagu
jlagu
12/5/2012 | 3:09:09 PM
re: 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."

YEAH, RIGHT!!!!

DCITDave
DCITDave
12/5/2012 | 3:09:08 PM
re: I'm Watching TV
Well, having caller ID interupt any viewing experience is bad news. Especially NBA playoffs or NFL anything.

Can you imagine, too, being right in the middle of a video game, a multiplayer thing, and having some dumb feature interrupt or disconnect you?

Not good, I say.
DCITDave
DCITDave
12/5/2012 | 3:09:08 PM
re: I'm Watching TV
Okay, maybe instead of apologizing she chucks the phone at me.

I'm still not switching on any service that's designed to interupt TV viewing. That's just wrong.

ph

paolo.franzoi
paolo.franzoi
12/5/2012 | 3:09:08 PM
re: I'm Watching TV

Are you trying to say that having your caller ID appear in the middle of your High Definition Porn Movie of the Week is bad?

seven
sfwriter
sfwriter
12/5/2012 | 3:09:07 PM
re: I'm Watching TV
That argument sounds about as reasonable as using your TV to order a pizza. Last time I checked most mobile and cordless phones came equipped with caller ID.
sfwriter
sfwriter
12/5/2012 | 3:09:07 PM
re: I'm Watching TV
Wow, Phil, your wife must have the patience of Job.
Pete Baldwin
Pete Baldwin
12/5/2012 | 3:09:07 PM
re: I'm Watching TV
The opposite argument I've heard kicked around is that during a sports event, you don't want to have to leave the TV to pick up the phone (TiVo be damned; we're talking about the thrill of live real-time events here). And yet you don't want to miss certain calls, like fellow Giants fans who want to commiserate about Tim Lincecum getting shelled in his major-league debut. (Or to commiserate about ESPN spending all of last night's Phillies-Giants broadcast talking about Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, neither of whom was actually in the game, not that anybody's bitter about that.)

So, you use on-TV caller ID and keep the phone nearby (or pick it up with on-screen VOIP, or whatever).
Pete Baldwin
Pete Baldwin
12/5/2012 | 3:09:06 PM
re: I'm Watching TV
What, you don't believe in the pizza-ordering application?! :)

I guess you won't be going for the picture-in-picture videoconferencing that Cisco was showing, then. (Not for business, mind you; the application, again, was sports trash-talking.)
DCITDave
DCITDave
12/5/2012 | 3:09:05 PM
re: I'm Watching TV
Maybe what the tech vendors missed is the content that would make watching TV while chatting, conferencing, Web surfing, etc. seem normal.

I'm thinking we'll soon see a gameshow or something designed with video conferencing, etc. in mind.

For now: No deal.

ph
melao
melao
12/5/2012 | 3:09:05 PM
re: I'm Watching TV
I know it is not the point of the site, but so much technology could increase our laziness.

Wouldn't it be better to go to the local pub, and watch the game with your mates ? :)
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