Funny, that we never had to think about this with old TVs, and with streaming it's becoming a problem now... hihi...
Anyway, he told me that there's one provider who interrupts the video you're watching every now and then, asking if you're still awake/watching.
How disturbing. Then, on the other side, I completely understand that with regular broadcasters becoming less important, and online streaming becoming the new default, this issue must somehow be dealt with.
Here's my idea:
- Gradually reduce the bitstream bandwidth.
- When the user presses any button, it is always re-set to available maximum.
- When the bandwidth drops below a reasonable minimum, ask if anyone's still watching.
- If there's no reply (e.g. button press), the stream can disconnect / the device can shut itself off.
Again, I should get a Software-Patent on this one - if still available