Apple is buying Quattro Wireless… and coming out with a tablet computer. Google just announced its entry into the mobile phone market. TVs air programming streamed from the web (or from a PC in the next room), and soon they’ll accommodate HD video Skype calls. All this digital convergence has to make you wonder: are there still digital channels, or is digital just becoming, well… just plain digital – a channel unto its multiplicity of selves?
Devices just aren’t specific anymore. You play games on your phone, surf the web on your TV, and watch TV on a wireless handheld device. Is it still talking “on the phone” if I “dial” via Google Voice on my Blackberry, or via Skype on my laptop? Are you “watching television” if you’re viewing an episode from your favorite series on Hulu, YouTube, or iTunes – and watching on a PC or tablet or even a phone? “Reading the newspaper” on an ebook reader?
And will all this convergence make marketing simpler, or much more complex?