Spent the day down in Mission Bay at GigaOm’s NewTeeVee Live Conference. This was my second time at the broadcast-meets-internet-video meet-up and this year was equally enlightening with the usual news and announcements of upcoming tech gadgets and progress.
I could go into details but most of it was already blogged and publicized: Boxee is releasing a box (but not showing it until Dec), Comcast is releasing “on Demand Online” – their version of TV Everywhere (but not until Dec), Adobe Flash (… Dec), and YouTube is going 1080p (not Dec, next week actually). The biggest takeaway is *everyone* is doing menu systems with Netflix – game consoles, TVs, DVD & Blu-ray players, over-the-top boxes, …and even toasters.
I think the most revealing bit for me was being a 40-something sitting in a roomful of other 40-somethings and hearing everyone express the same ideas I’ve been having for the last six months: aggregation, social dynamics, multi-screen, better remote, etc. As a 40-something working exclusively with 20 & 30-something Facebookers who dream solely of virtual goods, I had presumed my ideas were unique.
Saying this, will I return next year? Certainly. But for now I’ll be taking time to re-examine my current projects to determine if they’ll truly be innovative (or even relevant) by the time they would come to term…