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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Smart TVs are dead...for now.
by Nelson on Mon 25th Feb 2013 17:58 UTC
Nelson
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The execution on every single Smart TV I've used has been extremely terrible. This is a very nascent market that is going to heat up in the coming years.

The big hurdle in the way is content. The TV and especially Big Cable needs a fundamental disruption in their entire business model.

A few big names will lead the way here, likely being Netflix, YouTube, and to a lesser extent, Hulu.

To me, the serviceability of TVs isn't a huge issue. That's what OTA updates are for. Once you hit a brick wall with the H/W, its time for a new TV.

There are still important questions to ask:

- Do we integrate the software into the TV? Set top box? How is maximum reach achieved? There are a LOT of TVs. That's an existing market you shouldn't throw away, given the long update cycle of TVs in most families.

- How do we interact with the TV? Via a remote? A second screen? Voice? Motion using something like Kinect?

- How do we update the traditional TV experience? Does the old TV paradigm still work given the more connected and content filled experiences?

- Is it really about apps? Does it really need an app store? I'm not convinced people want to spend a lot of time actually interacting with their TV. They want to watch content, not swipe, tap, and yell their way across somebody's fart app.

- How do we leverage existing devices, existing ecosystems? We have a lot of cool tech: BT 4.0, NFC, DLNA, WiFi Direct, WiDi, etc. They imo, certainly have a role here.

- Where does this leave consoles? If Smart TVs are so smart, should they integrate a GPU to ensure a fast+fluid experience? Is the console the set top box solution?

A lot of questions. This is a notoriously hard market to get into. I don't think LG will fare very well. Certainly not with a hand me down OS like WebOS.

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