Managing Television Choices (or “The 17 Things I Watch on TV”)

The Future of TV


While it’s great to have many choices, we also need to be able to quickly hone in on those to exactly what you want, when you want it, and how.

Last I checked, the U.S. TV home received, on average, 189 TV channels. Despite this, the number of channels we actually watch each day is just about 17.


So we’ve narrowed it down to 17 channels, that’s only 408 hours a day of programming to weed through. Some of that you have to pay for, some is free — a differentiation I think is pretty important. When you already pay a hefty fee for your cable bill, and you probably do, the incidentals of renting movies each month, and buying series and seasons and trilogy collections you must have are not insignificant. Some is on Apple TV, some in Amazon, some on your cable provider, don’t forget Google Play, Hulu, Netflix and so on…just to complicate things, searching those services is different depending on which one you use:


Different search results for “Amy Schumer” depending on service

Is the future consolidation or more fragmentation? While there will continue to be buyouts there are still so many opportunities for content producers so I see more fragmentation. But the providers, the TV manufacturers and Netflix’s need to iron out the discovery process to optimize for customers.

Form Factor

In the not-too-distant future, stand-alone TVs will be a thing of the past and wall screens will be commonplace. I’m looking forward to this as my husband and I cannot agree on what color to paint the walls, so someday we’ll just have floor to ceiling screens that we switch as we like…blue….yellow….blue….yellow….blue. I’m starting to see a flaw in my plan, but anyway.


(Photo credit: Imagination Technologies Blog)

Here is a flexible TV screen from LG, pretty crazy, huh?


LG Display

Suddenly this doesn’t look so far off, does it?…



TV All Around Us

What else happens with TV in the future? Netflix aired a series called Black Mirror and specifically Episode 2 called “Fifteen Million Merits” about a future world where media and attention are currency and TV is all around us.


Black Mirror is a strange but thought-provoking show and Episode 2 shows us a scenario where media has taken hold like cement, binding us superficially and forcing us into ways from which we can’t effectively evolve, let alone remain sane within it all. What else do I watch?

“The 17 Things I Watch on TV”

Don’t give up your TV just yet. Some programming is pretty great. Plus there are some things I’ll always go back and watch again, and again. Here are 17 things (in no particular order) I suggest you watch on TV or streaming wherever you want.BaBlack Mirror

  1. Saturday Night Live
  2. House of Cards
  3. Game of Thrones
  4. Family Guy
  5. Boardwalk Empire
  6. Person of Interest
  7. Breaking Bad
  8. Mr. Robot
  9. Orange is the New Black
  10. Mike & Molly
  11. The Colbert Report
  12. Silicon Valley
  13. The Big Bang Theory
  14. Battlestar Gallatica
  15. Louie
  16. I Love Lucy


For more about the future TV, here’s a landscape snapshot from Venture Scanner and their recent post:


Other big news from Nielsen was that music streaming was up 93% over last year. 93%!

I Got Nerdy With It (“It” Being Jennifer Ruggerio)

2 hours. That’s a record. Not for continuous nerd talk, but for a recorded version that stretched from North Carolina, to Texas, to here in California. Listen below if you dare. Share if you care.

Get Nerdy With It

Thank you, Jennifer. Hope to have you on Lisacast soon!

“Google Now” Commands

An infographic from, a cheat sheet for “Google Now” commands.

As a new user of Glass and Google Now on my Moto X (get one.), this new voice interface is really cool. My first issue was that saying “Okay Google Now” is awkward. I want to call it whatever I want, just like I wanted to call Siri whatever I wanted. But there was a problem with that. Instead of just keeping my lewd nickname between us, Siri changed every “From:” field to read “Bitch”.  I just learned that you can say “Okay Jarvis, …” instead of “Google”. :)

Google Now Voice Commands by
Google Now voice commands by

General Commands

  • “Search for [chicken recipes]?”
  • “Say [where is the supermarket] in [Spanish]?”
  • “What is [Schrodinger’s cat]?”
  • “Who invented [the internet]?”
  • “What is the meaning of [life]?”
  • “Who is married to [Ben Affleck]?”
  • “Stock price of [Apple]”
  • “Author of [Game of Thrones]”
  • “How old is [Michael Jordan]?”
  • “Post to Google+ [feeling great]”

Notes & Reminders

  • “Remind me to [buy milk] at [5 PM]”
  • “Remind me [when I get / next time I’m at] [home / work / other location] [to send an email to John]”
  • “Wake me up in [5 hours]”
  • “Note to self: [I parked my car in section D]”
  • “Set alarm for [8 PM]”

Time & Date

  • “What time is it in [Tokyo]?”
  • “When is the sunset [in Chicago (optional)]”
  • ”What is the time zone of [Berlin]”
  • “Time at home”
  • “Create a calendar event: [Dinner in New York] [Saturday at 8 PM]”


  • “Call [Daniel]”
  • “Send [email] to Daniel, [Subject: Meeting], [Message: Will be there in 5]”
  • “Send [SMS] to Philipp mobile, don’t forget to buy milk”
  • ”[Contact name]”


  • “Weather”
  • “Is it going to rain [tomorrow / Monday]”
  • “What’s the weather in [Boston]?”
  • “How’s the weather in [Portland] on [Wednesday] going to be?”

Maps & Navigation

  • “Map of [Flagstaff]”
  • “Show me the nearby [restaurant] on map”
  • “Navigate to [Munich] on car”
  • “How far is [Berlin] from [Munich]?”
  • “Directions to [address / business name / other destination]”

Conversions & Calculations

  • “What is the tip for [125] dollars?”
  • “Convert [currency / length …] to [currency / length …]”
  • “How much is [18] times [48]?”
  • “What is [45] percent of [350]?”
  • “Square root of [81]”
  • “….. equals”


  • “How are [the New York Yankees] doing?”
  • “When is the next [Los Angeles Lakers] game?”
  • “Show me the [Premier League] table”
  • “Did [Bayern Munich] win their last game?”

Flight Information

  • “Flight [AA 125]?”
  • “Flight status of [AA 125]”
  • “Has [LH 210] landed?”
  • “When will [AA 120] land / depart?”

Web Browsing

  • “Go to [Huffington Post]?”
  • “Open []”
  • “Show me []”
  • “Browse to []”


  • “Listen to / play [Intro] by [The XX]?”
  • “YouTube [fail compilation]?”
  • “Who acted in [Ocean’s 11]?”
  • “Who is the producer of [Gladiator]?”
  • “When was [Alien] released?”
  • “Runtime of [Avatar]”
  • “Listen to TV”
  • “What’s this song?”

Easter Eggs

  • “Do a barrel roll”
  • “What’s the loneliest number?”
  • “Make me a sandwich!”
  • “When am I?”
  • “Okay Jarvis, …” (Instead of “Okay Google, …”)
  • “Who are you?”
  • “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.”
  • “Beam me up, Scotty!”

Selected Lisacast Shows

I’m rebroadcasting a few shows, in case you missed some of the better ones:

Lisacast with Guest Vipul Vyas of
Lisacast with Guest Jeff Robbins of Lullabot
Lisacast with Guest Juan Carlos Soto
Lisacast with Guest Marla the FlyLady
Lisacast with Guest Marcien Jenckes, Voxant
Lisacast with Guest Michael Leach
Lisacast with Guest Jon Hammond
Lisacast with Guest Alan Levy, BlogTalkRadio
Lisacast with Guest Steve Gal of
Lisacast with Guest Daphne Kwon
Lisacast with Guest Liad Agmon of Delver
Lisacast with Guest Gina Bianchini, CEO of
Lisacast with Guest John Battelle
Lisacast with Guest Don Pierce of Micoy
Lisacast with Guest Elad Yoran of KoolSpan
Lisacast with Guest Jeff Crigler, Voxant CEO
Lisacast with Guests from NY to South Korea
Lisacast with Guest K. Daniel Glover of
Lisacast with Guest Noam Lemelshtrich-Latar
Lisacast with Guest Thomas Frostberg, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Rapidus
Lisacast with Guest Sean Wise of WiseMentorCaptial
Lisacast with Guest Rafe Needleman of Webware
Lisacast with Guest Rafael Martinez Alequin
Lisacast with Guest Lee Dryburgh, eComm
Lisacast with Guest Thomas J. Buckholtz, PhD
Lisacast with Guests Claire Ulrich (Le Monde) and Thierry Bezier
Lisacast Interview: Dr. Wong
Lisacast Interview: Dr. Wang, Georgia Tech
Lisacast Interview: David Fox
Lisacast Interview: Dr. Julian Vincent, University of Bath

Lisacast interviews

Do you have a suggestion for a guest on Lisacast? Email me.