TV and Internet have been two different kind of services. The TV experience has been some kind of old fashioned, with no on demand services, I have to be on time to watch a pogramme or had to record my favorite programme if I was not able to follow the TV schedule. HD recording and time shift functions pushed the TV experience a little bit into the future and made it more comfortable but it was still kind of effort to trigger the recording (I had to be at home to operate the device).
The Internet changed this world. We had Christmas and the Soccer World Cup will come up next year. This is the time when people buy new, better and larger TV sets. Most of them will be able to access the Internet and this is the point where the common TV experience will change.
What does this mean for Broadcasters?
1. Linear TV will NOT die! High quality TV content will still make people watch TV (just thinking about the enormous quotes of the last Homeland season in the US)
2. The backward channel will establish new TV services in the living room and will open new business models and marketing channels.
This means the era when TV and Internet were operating in two separate worlds is over.
On demand usage will grow rapidly (if the broadcaster offers this services, which most of them already do)
The 2nd screen will be more import and will be merge with the TV experience.
And again, was does this mean for the broadcasters?
The classic Internet homepage of the broadcaster will die. Things broadcasters will need in the future are:
1. A good on demand service (media center)
2. Ability to use the backward channel
3. Related content services, depending on the content (games, background information, additional video services)
4. Communication – not just with the broadcaster, furthermore there will be more and more communication between the viewers.
All this has already been part of the good broadcaster internet homepage. But these services need to be optimized for these devices now:
The TV set
That’s all we have do! Internet will not kill the TV Star!