Is anyone else worried about the future of TVs?

The coda to that is that television and digital are converging

This quote is from an article on here that had an interview with the CTO of AOL. I was a little bit surprised by this quote, but then I thought of my mom’s new smart TV, and I realized I’ve already seen this happening.

“Cool!” Was my first thought.

“On no…” Was my second thought.

I’m worried about the future of TVs.

User experience has always been one of my biggest pet peeves. I was APPALLED by the lack of user experience on my mom’s smart TV.

Just because you can put the Internet on a TV doesn’t make it a good idea! So this TV uses a remote as a mouse. The exit and quit buttons are very small. To type, you need to click each letter on a keyboard (that’s in alphabetical order, not the normal QWERTY keyboard that we are so used to). And everything takes forever.

There has to be people out there that will take the invisible, effortless user experience centric design that has been so prominent on the web- to the TV. Please?

If you TV designers are out there, here’s some free ideas:

1. Let’s redesign the remote. It’s function and purpose are completely different now compared to when they were born. Why has the solution thus far been to add more buttons?

2. Add a real keyboard. That users can type on, with their fingers or thumbs. Almost everyone does this every day, why must we be forced to use a remote to type with?

3. Integrate cable with smart apps. Cable is dying. Just accept it and let’s build a new interface around that fact. I still have basic cable, for the news, The Bachelorette, Modern Family and that’s literally it. So most of the time I’m on Netflix, or one of the other greats apps my Apple TV has. I’m sick of switching between this Apple TV content and cable. Why can’t cable be an app? And can it stop showing me all of the Chanel’s I don’t have access to because I’m never going to pay for that.

Maybe these functions are already out there, I really hope so. I can’t be the first complainer. I am, for the record only 22 and have a very cheap TV.

But what I’m worried about, is that web design, and the respect of the art of it, has come so far while TV design has made a few floppy attempts to keep up with modern technology, but nothing to enhance the user’s experience. I’m sure the underlying problem of it all is that no one has accepted the fact that cable is on its way out.

The TV is what brings families together. It gets people off their smart phones, and focused on one topic. TV shows, movies, Breaking news, ultimately intertwine people across the globe. Lets make that easier.

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