Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Turning Media Hounds Back Into Couch Potatos

Some people are preparing for throngs of media junkies and content hounds to be returning to their couches to get their fix, in the coming year.

New HD televisions with PC interfaces, and the next gen consoles Playstation 3 and the Nintendo Wii's web browser interfaces will be drawing more people back into the living room and one site is geared towards making the television web viewing experience easier.

Sofatube is basically a mashup of the video communities Youtube and Revver. How they deliver the videos to you is there niche. Their premise is simple-everything on a computer screen is scaled down and you sit much closer to it than you would when lounging in front of your TV. Connect your computer to your TV and still easily search for videos while keeping away from the eye doctor.

To put it even simpler. The site is filled with Jumbo text for easy viewing from a distance. It might sound stupid to some, but it's a nice idea. I wouldn't be surprised if pre-existing sites start offering a more TV friendly format of their sites in the future.

Turning your TV into a PC screen isn't a new idea. It is however becoming easier and more attractive as new technologies emerge. It's yet to be seen if New LCD screen TV's and next gen consoles, such as the Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii, really grab a marginal percentage of the population and keep them on their couches, but a site like Sofatube serves a purpose nonetheless with the people who have already been using their TV's to view online content.

I like Sofatube's idea but it would be nice if they offered more content. I think they should push to be a "channel" directory for many of the popular video communities on the net, as well as streaming online TV sites such as Streamick.

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