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Its been more than 10 years since the first DVR came out in the US, the idea that you won’t be wasting time by programming your video to record a show. Tivo was the first company to bring the idea of a hard disk to store your programs as well as the recurring shows recorded. It’s being more than 10 years since that technology advance that improved the live of many families, yet after 10 years the technology hasn’t improved much besides all cable and satellite companies provide their own device without any new features.

Many customers have spoken and asked for new improvements and features.

  • A button to skip the commercials.
    • The technology to detect commercials has been invented, a signal to skip the commercials and even better not recording those, just keep your shows as a long video without interruptions. At least, like Tivo, go back a few seconds after pressing play. We will talk why that feature hasn’t been implemented in extend. There are many reasons behind the idea of keeping the user unable to skip commercials on a DVR, the marketing companies want you to watch them!
  • Internet devices on your DVR.
    • A non brainer, now you need a device as your DVR and another box as your Internet connected device like Apple TV, your LG Blu-Ray with Netflix device, etc … Will be so simple to add a wireless N card on those devices.
  • Store your shows in the cloud.
    • Pretty much attached to the first prior statement, having an IP address, allows you to keep a copy of the show on the web, not your copy, just a bookmark the show, as many users can share the same show, so devices do not need big hard disks, you have big spaces in the web to store your shows instead of keep every show in the device hard disk.
  • Streaming your shows to your laptop, netbook, iPad, etc.
    • Have many times after coming back from vacation, you find a full DVR? And while on vacation you thought that will be nice to watch a show before going to bed? There are a few users that already using Hulu and other websites to do just that, Tivo have a few options, yet a way to just tell the device to stream it on the web will be very nice. Started seeing a few companies working in that feature.
  • Centralize.
    • One device to rule the all. This is a given and many companies already have the multi-room option, yet normally is for only two TVs instead of the whole house.

There are many arguments in all of the features above, the main and most important one is the feature to skip commercials. The market was worried that people between the ages of 14 and 45 were avoiding commercials on TV as those are the main targets as consumers, yet studies shown that the most important, expensive commercial is the first one, as they may watch and also customers watching commercials at fast speed, retain part of the information presented. Those companies, of course, are the ones behind keeping DVRs from technology to allow users skip commercials.

Now with the Internet getting faster every day, the idea that your TV comes in a coaxial cable or stream from a satellite is getting close to be old ways to deliver the Internet, FIOS brings the TV using the Internet and with that, many companies and TV makers started adding an Internet card to your TV or an external device to provide you an IP address.

Is the IP TV the future of the TV? Will all TVs come with a Ethernet port or a wireless card to plug into your home network? It seems that is the future of your TV, having IP addresses to all your TVs, means that you can share within your house all shows to any TV as well as any TV can stream any show from the Internet.

By just having your devices access to the Internet provides something that cable and satellite cannot do now, the two way communication, instead of just broadcasting the signal, now every device can send information and receive information as well, so you can interact with your provider better giving more options. On satellite, your dish normally have 1 or 2 heads, meaning can only receive one or 2 channels at the time, some new dishes have 3 heads, providing 3 channels at the time, so you might be recording 2 shows at the same time and you won’t be able to record a third one. With IP TV all your shows are not being recorded by you, the provider records all shows and store them for the amount of time that is allowed by the license, then they can before expiring or the first time you want to watch it, stream those shows to you to a centralized location where you’ll be able to stream from it.

As a IP TV provider, there are many interesting and attractive benefits on going IP TV, if they are allowed to store the shows in the cloud, they don’t have to provide big hard disks to their customers, everything becomes onDemand shows, even if 10,000 people are subscribe to record the show “The Simpsons” for example, they only need to store one copy, making their cloud solution smaller than first thought. For some reason the license to store your shows in your hard disk or keeping it on the cloud are different.

Having an IP TV will also allow you to get on demand movies, right now there are a few companies providing movies on demand avoiding late charges at Blockbuster or having to wait for the Netflix Blu-Ray DVD on the mail, how many times we forgot to send the previous in the mail. Renting the movies on Internet avoids the issue or returning and waiting, making video stores as blockbuster irrelevant. This is another case of companies and the movie industry avoiding to distribute their movies on the Web for some reason or another, making the physical DVD still necessary, even when technology has past that physical need for a DVD or even Blu-Ray disc, Internet show be the only distribution method.

My suggestion here, is if you need to buy a new TV, thing about purchasing a TV with IP enable.

Cheers

Al



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