The user-centered future of TV
My buddy Ryan invited me over to his new apartment last night in Bushwick. His place was bare, nothing more than a couple of camp chairs and a half-eaten box of pizza. We sat around listening to music on a Macbook drinking whisky. As the night went on our phones became the center of attention. We passed them around showing each other little slices of the internet.
An old YouTube video from our high school days. Rihanna’s new music video and her clearly visible nipples. The Life of Pablo. A comedy Instagram account I’ve been obsessed with. Our friend’s incredibly witty Twitter stream.
This back and forth went on for almost an hour. An endless loop of multi-media content from all over the internet. It was nostalgic, cutting-edge, and interesting. But most importantly, it was our content. We didn’t need a TV show to feed us content. We knew exactly what we wanted to share and we had access to it all — only a few taps away.
Then it hit me. This was the future of TV.
Imagine a TV screen that seamlessly integrated with everyone in the room. Everyone has an individual remote that can queue up anything. From Instagram feeds to music videos to Netflix shows.
Anyway, as I wait for the future of TV, I’ll just sit here and enjoy my whisky.