5/13/2010 6:12 PM
McAdams On: The Definition of TV
I use the grandmother definition of TV. If you use a device on which for 50 percent or more of the time you watch content that arrives on numbered channels (or content that simulates that kind of programming), then it's a TV. (I doubt you use your phone as a primary TV viewing device!). If use use the device for 50 percent or more of the time to play video games or surf webpages or do anything that your grandmother would not consider "watching TV" (ask her if you're not sure), then the device is not a TV, even if it has a tuner and was sold as a TV. By your choice of primary use, you define the device as a TV. It may be an overpriced digital monitor, masquerading as a TV.