SofaTube: Big Idea, One ‘Small’ Problem

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A browser-based interface for viewing YouTube and Revver clips on your television set is what SofaTube promises to deliver. The user experience is super-simple, with fonts big enough to read at a distance. It certainly shows that there’s still plenty of untapped potential for third-party interface and aggregator applications to be developed on top of YouTube and other sites’ video collections.
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So what’s the small problem? I haven’t seen someone sitting on a couch with a wireless keyboard since my dad tried in vain to install a Microsoft WebTV eight years ago this Christmas. As a proof of concept, SofaTube is fantastic. And as Om points out, it could also be a handy site to keep in mind for the Nintendo Wii or PS3 — but the idea of writing ‘lonelygirl15’ in the air with a Wii-mote is making my arms tired.

This is one of those, “Could be genius, could be Dot Boom 2.0 punchline in ten years” calls that I’m not prepared to make right now.

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Alex Rowland

We’re working on something similar… the difference being that you build channels at your PC and then access those channels on your Wii. No keyboard required.

The key is that cell phone interfaces and TV interfaces use very different controls. Unless you design for those controls, you don’t have a compelling product.

The Wii interface should be out around the beginning of February, but for now you can still watch channels at http://www.cozmotv.com

Greg Rose

“I haven’t seen someone sitting on a couch with a wireless keyboard since my dad tried in vain to install a Microsoft WebTV eight years ago this Christmas.”

Actually, this is what I just did and both my wife and I love it.. The only thing that really looks good on the TV is videos. It is pretty impossible to read email. I have also just been playing with Democracy Player. With it, I can kick it on the couch and watch video after video. It is pretty cool. I will have to check out this page.

Jackson West

Oh, I definitely sit in front of a TV with a laptop. But I have a hard time thinking of an easy way to make one control the other.

LearningNerd

Wow, it’s like there’s a new video site popping up every day!

I laughed when I read the line “I haven’t seen someone sitting on a couch with a wireless keyboard since…”, because right now I’m sitting on my livingroom couch with my keyboard on my lap. :D I use a laptop, though, not a TV, and I don’t think I’ll ever use a service like SofaTube.

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