Monday, April 13, 2009

DirectTV offers Interactive TV (Plus Dinosaurs evolve from Birds)

My last post showed how baseball was bringing the web one step closer to interactive TV. This weekend it was golf's turn to push TV towards the interactive elements of the web.

On a side note, do you think its a coincidence that our arguably two most boring sports are the ones pushing the boundaries of the entertainment industry? I think not...

But anyways, back to the post. Direct TV allowed its viewers to watch 4 different channels of golf at once while also offering additional stats, history, and trivia. If you didn't get to see it, there is a good image in an article on dish-television.

There you have it. On one hand you have MLB allowing you to watch multiple games, pick your audio stream, and follow your favorite players... via the web. On the other hand you have Direct TV allowing you to watch multiple holes, keep track of stats, and play trivia... via satellite TV.

So what needs to happen before we have true interactive TV? Whats the missing link? We have birds with teeth and dinosaurs with feathers, but how do we prove that one came from the other? Actually that analogy doesn't quite work since it involves one thing evolving and not two things merging... I'll keep thinking...