2012 CES Predictions: Evolution of the TV Experience

TV is evolving. It’s becoming more mobile, more connected and more readily available than ever before. This convergence is changing how we get our TV fix and what that consists of. Few of us are content to simply watch TV on a TV anymore.

We’re tweeting, commenting, seeking and making recommendations, discovering new content, and more. Our behavior is creating a whole new ball game in content delivery and entertainment, and Motorola is at the forefront of the technology that’s making it possible. For example, new products like Televation and DreamGallery are giving us rich, multi-screen experiences that are easy to navigate and simple to use.

We recently conducted a Media Engagement Barometer—fancy words for a study on how people are using media—which provided some good insight on how and why TV is evolving:

  • The 2011 research discovered a nearly five-fold increase from 2010 in U.S. TV viewing taking place on smartphones—23 percent are currently watching mobile TV on their smartphones up from only 5 percent just a year ago. And, it’s highly addictive, with those participating in mobile TV viewing doing it 3+ times a week.
  • Americans are still watching a lot of TV – spending 21 hours per week in front of the set—2 hours more than last year – and 6 hours more than the global average of 15 hours per week.
  • More than half (61 percent) of global respondents say they have already discussed a TV program with friends via a social network, and the trend is only expected to continue.

In summary, we’re watching more TV. We’re spending a lot of that viewing time on mobile devices. And our TV time is beginning to overlap and interplay with social networking.

CES is sure to showcase new innovations that address those trends.  We’ll be there with Motorola Televation and DreamGallery, among others. These are just a couple of the latest innovations you’ll see from Motorola. What do you expect to see at CES 2012? Stay tuned for an action-packed show!

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week of Jan. 2

It’s that time of year again – the 2012 CES is less than a week away! Next week, thousands of companies, bloggers, analysts and techies from around the world will convene in Las Vegas to discuss hot new products and industry trends.

The tech industry is constantly buzzing about what to expect in 2012 – Jeff Kagan fromTech News World believes TV will continue evolving into a platform where we can surf the Web, play games and instantly download and watch movies. USA Today’s Mark Smith and CNET’s Harry McCracken predict some major video content deals on the horizon as viewers continue to stream movies and TVs from set-top boxes and other gadgets. With the emergence of connected TVs and streaming set-tops, could DVDs become obsolete?

During CES, Motorola Mobility will showcase its new Connected Home Gateway, in which powerful processing and 4Home technology come together to deliver the connected home the way it was meant to be: smart and simple. Home control, home security and energy management are made easy for consumers and service providers. We’re looking forward to learning more about converged experiences and home automation at the conference next week. What do you expect to see at CES?

1. Eight things I’m looking forward to seeing at CES (Dec. 30) By Harry McCracken, CNET: CES may be imperfect, but it remains by far the best single place on the planet to take the pulse of the consumer-electronics business.

2. CES 2012: The End of an Era (Jan. 5) By Jeff Kagan, Tech News World: Television is transforming itself and blending with other technologies. Companies that lead today may not tomorrow. That means television manufacturers, as well as new and existing television service providers.

3. TV predictions for CES – and 2012 (Jan. 4) By Gary Merson, GadgetBox: With 2011 now in the history books, and the Consumer Electronics Show next week, it’s time again to look forward to new products for the home.

4. CES: Motorola Hooks Up Smart-Home Hub (Jan. 5) By Todd Spangler, Multichannel News: Motorola Mobility will roll out a device it touts will act as the brains of the connected home of the future at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

5. Six tech trends to watch in 2012 (Jan. 3) By Mark Smith, USA Today: For tech companies, 2011 was feast or famine. Looking ahead, here are some things to keep an eye on in 2012.