PCs Meet TV Traditional RGB cable to cable connection Non-Traditional HDMI VGA Slingbox (converters) Moving into hand devices capable of connection I.E. Cell phone, iPad, Gaming console.
Early Products The perfect marriage of television and the internet for PCs TV broadcast in one window, HTML pages in another Typically, the HTML window contained relevant information to the TV program Lack of interest from PC manufacturers and broadcasters – many empty promises
Early Products Pioneer in offering internet access via TV Acquired by Microsoft in 97 Struggled to gain traction Rebranded as MSN TV 2001 Officially ceased service September 30 th, 2013
Apple TV and Roku Boxes One-time purchase, no subscription fees Integration of television, PC and gaming Cable substitute Ability to stream from computer, tablets, phone and TV Netflix, HBO, Hulu, ESPN, and hundreds of free channels
Success Stories Smart TVs Internet capabilities integrated into the TV At least $200 more expensive than a non-smart counterpart Reduces the need for multiple devices Ability to surf the internet, unlike Apple TV Ease of use, one stop shopping
Convergence The merging of multiple technologies, platforms and devices into a single product. Cross-Functionality allows recorded media, streaming media, documents, photos, web applications, internet, and games to be shared across devices, platforms and across displays