I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how and why newspapers should move online. I haven’t really spent as much time thinking about television and its required transformation. And there’s one thing I need built… by some smarter-than-me engineer out there, who preferably doesn’t work for Apple of google… but let me explain.
Television, to me, has always been a bit like the forbidden fruit. I grew up on a farm with a mother who was adamant that my brother and I would only watch a half hour of television per day. My requests for Three’s Company were almost always beaten out of me, so we could watch what he wanted — Video Hits. Besides greatly reducing my ability to win pink pie in Trivial Pursuit, it meant when I got to university… I watched loads of television. First addiction was to Road to Avonlea. But there have been many more since — and even now, even though it’s too scarey for me to watch — I have an addiction to 24.
But I don’t actually turn on my television now, unless it’s to play Wii.
I can’t watch a certain show at a certain time. So if it’s not online — so I can watch it when I want to — I’m not watching it.
I could probably do an entire post on video players in Canada — let’s just say we’re not home to many good ones. Nevertheless, I do believe that I’m not alone when I say in the last 18 months, I’ve stopped watching conventional TV. I actually think we’re on the cusp of TV making a full-scale shift to online and that’ll open up TV production much like the printing press was no longer the required tool to publish.
So on to what I need: An easy, affordable, wireless way to get the movies, shows and music I download on to my laptop on to my LCD TV so I can watch it full screen. I don’t want to have to call in someone to install it, or require a PhD to figure it out… I don’t want to spend $500 for something that will only play one type of file, and I’m not going to wait an hour to transfer it from my computer to my screen.
And while this likely puts the fear of God into TV executives, it somehow gives me strange touch of comfort.
We at newspapers aren’t alone. And our opportunities for online video may just have a breath of life in it.
Now back to Team Canada vs. Switzerland.