It was only about five or six years ago that I had the chance to first use a Smart TV, long enough ago that the concept of having the Internet on my telly without having to drill a hole through my upstairs floor to link it to my computer, which seemed at the time pretty amazing.
Jump forward a few years and the concept has never really gotten off the ground to the extent that I for one imagined it would. And with Google's Chromecast now on the market, there's a good chance that Smart TVs have already seen their day (although if Google releases a TV with Chromecast built in then perhaps not.)
Chromecast has some real content population problems at the moment and desperately needs broadcasters to sign up and soon before the Chromecast hype dies down. I raved about the possibilities of Chromecast as a gaming and entertainment device for months - and I still wholeheartedly believe that this could achieve mass adoption and that Google is onto a winner. It just needs to solves this issue. So far the only gaming app I have played included a Tetris knock off - which worked for Gameboy 20 years ago but probably not today.
Recent announcements by Google that it plans to invest in content production with Machinima will in some way help develop YouTube, as will the deal last week to purchase the rights to stream all of British Pathe’s back catalogue of films - all a step in the right direction but there’s still a long way to go for it to boost Chromecast viewing.
So while the device and the user experience gets two wholehearted thumbs up from me - I have to tell Google to get a move on with adding to Chromecast, because it wasn't long before I had my Skybox plugged back into my TV again.