“Steve Jobs died without fully transforming television, but the day
after [before – MDN Ed.] he passed away, Apple unveiled Siri, its natural language interface,” Ben Elowitz writes for AllThingsD.
“Though it’s currently only embedded in the new iPhone 4S, Siri could eventually change the face of the TV industry,” Elowitz writes. “Most observers and analysts believe that Siri’s voice commands could eliminate the need for those clunky TV remote controls. With the blurring and exponential proliferation of television and Web content, telling your TV what you’d like to watch, instead of scrolling through a nearly infinite number of program possibilities, makes a lot more sense.”
Elowitz writes, “But from my perspective, Siri’s greatest impact won’t ultimately be on users, or on device manufacturers (though they certainly risk losing market share to Apple). It will be on the TV industry’s content creators and packagers. Why? Because a voice-controlled television interface will fundamentally disrupt the six-decade-old legacy structure of networks, channels and programs. And that’s a legacy that — until now, at least — has been carried forward from analog to digital.”
Much more in the full article – recommended – here.