Perhaps one day, the cable box will be more responsive, more user friendly, more necessity than annoyance. Time Warner certainly is trying as they have inked a deal to give more web content and interactivity to their customers. Through a deal with ActiveVideo Networks, formerly ICTV, "Cable subscribers can play interactive games from TAG Networks, and get fully customized news, sports and children's programming through P:Mosaic, a personalized video navigation system." It is being rolled out first in Hawaii and hopefully more systems follow.
Frankly the cable box needs better navigation, a more logical and economically designed guide, and easier controls. And even more important an interactive opportunity to better engage with the viewing experience.