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

If you didn't have a smart TV to begin with, you would still need to buy that $50 converter box. Other than the soon to be negligible increase in cost for the smart TV, what difference does it make?

I think everyone is missing this point - the "brains" for a Smart TV are

1. Potentially useful for quite a lot of stuff - streaming, airplay like functionality, basic web browsing, etc. And I expect new uses to emerge that make sense as well.
2. TV manufacturers will have the ability to update firmwares. They can make it faster, but they may be able to add features you didn't have before.
2. Have a cost that is rapidly approaching a effective level of zero.

I can easily see a lowend end ARM SOC with wifi and enough memory and horsepower to do basic stuff being a $20 component inside of the next 3 years. At that point, why the hell not?

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