How Interested Are People In Interactive TV?
from the no,-really... dept
Since before the web even existed, we've been hearing stories about how interactive TV was "the next big thing." However, throughout trial after trial after trial, it always turned out that people didn't actually care much for interactive TV. Perhaps that's because, in most cases, it wasn't so much "interactive" as it was "enhanced TV." The real interactivity was found online, which was a totally different environment than TV. However, the believers are back once again, saying that 27% of households are clamoring for interactive TV -- though, the definition of interactive TV seems way too broad to be even remotely useful: things "such as voting on games shows, targeted advertising and gaming." Also, the article seems to suggest that IPTV is interactive TV, when that's not true at all. IPTV may make it easier to do interactive TV, but initially it certainly sounds like it's just going to copy regular TV (in much the same way most VoIP providers just copy regular phone service). IPTV certainly has the potential to offer more interactive TV, but it would certainly help quite a bit if someone could figure out exactly what interactive TV people actually want. If it's just "voting on game shows," we've already got that with our phones and SMS. If it's just gaming, we've already got that with our consoles. If it's just targeted advertising, then... um... wait... do people really just want that?