Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Jan 2014 16:36 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

On the eve of LG's launch, I sat down with webOS's head of product management and design, Itai Vonshak, as well as Colin Zhao, director of product management for LG's Silicon Valley Lab. As they demoed LG's new interface to me, I was by turns intrigued, bemused, and doubtful that it was up to the task of convincing people that it would be worth buying a new TV for. Most of all, I was impressed by the clarity of vision behind the new interface. For better or worse, webOS has an opinion about how smart TVs should treat their users, and by all appearances that opinion is executed very, very well. LG is better known for pretty schizophrenic Android skins on its smartphones, so to see the company produce something this coherent was a shock.

It looks quite amazing - but I still find it very hard to be excited over a TV.

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by ddc_ on Mon 6th Jan 2014 19:56 UTC
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FWIW I always wanted something opposite to SmartTV - a dumb monitor and a multimedia center that would somehow manage all data sources and allow for all kinds of stuff. Now that they try to concentrate everything into TV I have to think hard about the possible changes in multimedia delivery within coming years when I buy one, because if I buy a SmartTV that doesn't support DVB-T300 which is rumored to enter mainstream in 5 years in my location, I may be out of luck, as well as if the other rumor about mass transition to DVB-S500 is true instead. Or may be youtube, netflix, etc. will be lost in abyss the next year after vendor stops updating my firmware (next year?) and I'll have to solve the problem of connecting to new shiny Web 4.0 service all on my own... And what about HEVC, VP9 and Daala that are going to overtake the video world any time soon?

When I buy things I'm going to use for quite some time I want them to be stupid and extensible, not smart and self-contained.

Edited 2014-01-06 19:57 UTC

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