Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Feb 2013 14:15 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes "LG said today it was acquiring WebOS from Hewlett-Packard, with the intention to use the operating system not for its mobile phones, but in its smart televisions. With the deal, LG obtains the source code for WebOS, related documentation, engineering talent, and related WebOS Web sites. LG also gets HP licenses for use with its WebOS products, and patents HP obtained from Palm. The financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed." Completely and utterly pointless. Smart TVs are a dead end. The TV should just remain a dumb receiver for input - whether from a computer or console via cables, or wirelessly from a smartphone or tablet. Our phones and tablets are already smart so TVs don't have to be.
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Alfman
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2011-01-28

Bill Shooter of Bul,

Obviously I know what you mean, but...

"1) Try to plug in usb disk into 3-4 year old smart tv... Dang it doesn't support usb 4.0 devices"
"2) find adapter cable, plug it in."

To date, new USB devices have always been backwards compatible.

"3) Dang, smart tv doesn't support this new super codec."

Hell, you're right. But it's not just smart TVs at risk though, even mobile devices have this problem. Apple dictates that their users can not install google's webm format. Microsoft has an on/off relationship with support for the full mpeg family of codecs, but in their case at least desktop users have not been prohibited from installing 3rd party codecs (anyone know if their winrt tablet has codec restrictions?)

Fundamentally *if* the embedded computer were open, this wouldn't be a problem. But that's a quite large assumption; everything is going the way of walled gardens. As great as it would be for LG to buck this trend, I'm not terribly confident that they will.


"4) Buy new smart tv($800) or converter box ($50) that has more intelligence than older smart tv."

I honestly haven't found any network streaming box for NAS content at $50, more like $200 and that's only for something completely locked down. Might as well go for a full blown mini-board computer. However if I'm overlooking something obvious please let me know. It'd be fun to tinker with the raspberry pie, but in this case I'd be looking for something ready to use.

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