Apps are out there today with Samsung's Smart TV, AT&T's U-verse has a few, Google 2.0 is coming out soon, etc.. however, most seem like a novelty. Is there a way applications can successfully integrate into the TV watching experience?
Maybe it's something like this > Turn on TV > Dashboard of App icons = TV Guide App, HBO App, CNN App, Facetime App (TV has integrated cam/mic), NFL App, Weather App, Flight Tracker App, Friend Finder App, Slide Show App, Facebook App, Alarm Clock App, PBS App, Yahoo Finance App... you get the idea.
Using iCloud, the TV would sync with your iPhone/iPad. Most likely, the TV would be used for updates/alerts as opposed to data entry since using a TV remote can be cumbersome. And knowing Jobs, it will probably have as few buttons as possible. Each App would have the ability to watch live broadcast or recorded TV with integrated data functionality like through a buttonpress on the remote.
Would this work?