In the corner of my office, I have pennant hanging. They represent my all time favorite sports teams. The reason for posting this in the technology section today is the reality of my all-time favorite sports teams. I don’t live in the cities where my favorite sports teams are, so I rely on the reality of technology to watch my favorite teams.
My all-time top favorite professional teams come from Chicago. For many years I have rooted for the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears and of course the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Blackhawks. I have those pennants on the wall of my office. I use my DVR now to catch games, and I use the favorites section of the ESPN web site to stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest news.
I do have favorite college teams, (Indiana University). I do also love the Boston Celtics and the New York Yankees (I adopted both of those because there were specific players I loved watching so I just kept watching the teams when they retired). IU is a special bond for me, one that was shared with my father for many years, so it is critical. College games are a little easier, as you can subscribe to the network of you college team and see most of the games.
Technology has radically changed the way we watch sports. Where once we waited for commercials to hit the restroom, now we can pause live TV and go when the mood strikes. Watching games in full HD is amazing, you can see so many details that were lost in old SD broadcasts. All of this got me thinking about what is next. HD or high-definition and DVR or Digitial Video Recorder have changed the what and how of television. Where the Video Cassette Recorder afforded us freedom from the TV’s schedule, the DVR frees us from commercials!
Let’s end today with what I believe will be the next big thing. The combination or integration of your television and your computer. A future where you won’t have a computer monitor and television you will just have the television (SCRaaS). You will just have one screen to rule them all and on the wall bind them. Or what I have been calling the Screen as a Service for more than four years!