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Back Talk: How Will Interactive TV Affect You?

Between the bevy of TV shows premiering over the coming weeks and Sunday’s Emmy Awards, it’s safe to say we’ve got television on the brain. But savvy marketers are focused not on the flat screens of today, but those of tomorrow. Last week’s unveil of the iPhone 5 had techies aflutter and re-sparked rumors regarding Apple TV. In its current form, Apple TV is similar to a cable box, but it differs in that it allows users to play content from various sources, including iPads, iPods and – most importantly – iPhones. More than 50% of U.S. cell phone owners use smartphones, roughly 32% of them from Apple, making speculation over Apple’s plans to create an actual TV set almost irrelevant. With consumers able to shape their content stream, we face new challenges in terms of connecting in meaningful ways. Apple isn’t the only brand posing a challenge. It’s only a matter of time before television becomes permanently interactive.

Maybe I’m just blogging out loud, but it seems like marketers need to think outside the box. With interactive television trending, we need new ways to show and tell.

Which prompts the question: What will interactive TV look like in the future? How will marketers adapt, since we know consumers will respond?

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About JJ Nelson

Freelance blogger for Vertical Marketing Network; food writer; bartender.

5 comments on “Back Talk: How Will Interactive TV Affect You?

  1. Joanne
    September 23, 2012

    Apple is no different than any other major company in that it wants to keep all their consumers corraled. I do love my iPhone!

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  2. JJ Nelson
    September 18, 2012

    This article — posted today — is interesting, too: http://techland.time.com/2012/09/18/50-best-websites-2012/#aereo

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  3. Philip
    September 18, 2012

    I just wish I purchased Apple stock when it was under $10 a share!

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  4. mehotz10
    September 18, 2012

    Apple TV sounds like a fun interesting concept. It will be interesting to see what would all be included in the TV. Appple just keeps on producing products, and these products with prices high and the demand for them is not as much at first. However over time like the Iphone they become lower in price and the demand goes up.

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  5. Alice
    September 18, 2012

    I’m not too familiar with Apple TV but I could see that people will use Apple TV as a console and use their iphone/itouch as a controller for games, etc.

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