Steve Jobs was obsessed with the interface between human and his machines. I have not thought about that much but realized today that my home entertainment devices are a perfect example. 

We have a his and hers TV. Hers is hooked up to Shaw direct satellite system and she pays around $100 a month. It works very well. She pushes one button on her remote, then the up or down button to select a channel and one button again. Excluding volume she has  3 buttons on the remote to keep track of. She has a limited selection (what she pays for) and watches programs when Shaw broadcasts them. It works well. 

My TV is entirely streaming. I can watch most any TV program series or episodes that was ever produced when I want to watch. In addition I have access to most any movie ever produced. I push one button to turn on. Then I scroll through a selection of apps which provide different services. I select one which opens another screen. From there I select the program (series and episode) or if not listed on my preconfigured screen I will search. I press another button and the app searches for various streams and I will select one. Press again and I am watching. My process has more choices and takes longer – maybe 20 seconds. It works well and a good performance comparison is Netflix. My system handles hi def and Dolby sound. My cost is under $10 a month. I am not downloading any files so I am on the right side of what is allowed. 

When I offer to set up the same on her TV, she says nope, to complicated. She will use Amazon Prime streaming as that is one button selection. 

Jobs was correct. A simple interface for people who have no interest in tech is the answer. I don’t think voice control is the answer but it may be close. With the various IoT voice devices, progress is being made. An example..  my daughter is hiking in Tasmania right now and I spoke aloud, “Alexa, what is the population of Tasmania”. Instantly I was told 509,000. With a little work I could easily say, “Alexa, play NCIS series 4,