Dumb Display is Analogy to Dumb Pipe

Can a home be a TV household without owning a TV? Nielsen now says that is the case. Henceforth, Nielsen will measure TV viewing on a “TV” as well as video viewing on other screens, such as smart phones, tablets and PCs. Of course, one might also say there are other potential ramifications. Way back in the old days when there were not PCs or smart phones or tablets, some technologists suggested that the best way to  handle the matter of displays was to produce “dumb screens” driven by cable or other boxes that provided the channel tuning.