Apps will do for TV what they did for smartphones – said Samsung UK Vice President Andy Griffiths today – and change it forever.
He announced a sheaf of apps that would appear on the new Samsung Smart TVs – iPlayer, LoveFilm, Muzu.com, Facebook, Skype and Twitter – explaining how they’d all been optimised for Samsung’s giant 55″ screens.
And these aren’t just a few new toys, Griffiths claimed, the apps will fundamentally change how we interact with the TV. It’s not really news to say that the old broadcast model has been replaced by systems that put more control in the hands of the user, where content used to be pre-packaged, it’s now available when and where the consumer wants it. But Griffiths sketched out how that would change what people do with their TVs..
Here are his four predictions for the future:
1) Making your own channels – active users will go about making up their own channels by mixing and matching programmes
2) TVs will learn what you like and recommend what you should watch based on what you have watched before
3) People will upload their own content: videos etc and will watch their friends’ videos on the TV
4) There will be lots of integration with social networking sites, making TV social and providing lots of user-generated content for display around big live event TV shows.
See more about TV apps on Samsung’s site