Surfing the internet on your television seems to be becoming more and more popular these days. If you think about it it is actually a pretty practical concept. I mean the internet has gotten to the point to where we consume just about as much media online as we do on our television sets. Why should we have to change devices depending on the type of media we want to see? Why not have it all in one device? In my opinion normal television broadcasting as we currently know it will be all but phased out 10 years from now.
There are currently several different products and services on the market that allow you to combine your internet surfing and TV watching into one experience. Apple has their Apple TV, Google has their Google TV, AT&T has their U-Verse, and the list goes on. Personally I have got my eye on the Google TV, but nevertheless they all do basically the same thing. Some of the products consist of a box like device you can simply connect to your TV and connect wirelessly to the internet, which allows you portability if you ever want to move to another TV. Some TVs are actually coming preinstalled with these devices so you don’t have to go through the hassle of hooking up a new device. Other services like AT&T’s U-Verse actually combines your internet service and TV service into one service, so you don’t have to worry about paying two different bills. It seems though, like everything else dealing with technology, if you live in a rural area with only dial up internet access you are going to be at a disadvantage. In almost all cases you need to have high speed broadband in order for these products and services to work. If you have access to cable or DSL I suggest giving that a try first, however for many of you this is not an option. If this is the case give satellite internet a try. It should be able to give you the high speed broadband service you need to make these products work effectively.