Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 18th Jul 2010 09:32 UTC
Multimedia, AV I'm a couch potato. There, I've said it. I love sitting down and watching sci-fi movies, like any good geek would. And this is an (almost religious) action that hasn't changed for many, many, years. But I feel that we're in for a surprise soon. The way we watch TV and access content is about to change. TV watching will at last arrive into the 21st Century, and the technology giants will be there to duke it out for the reins of this new industry.
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other players
by superstoned on Sun 18th Jul 2010 10:10 UTC
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Hmmm, Sony is building more and more cleverness in their tv's, wouldn't that make a diff here? And both MeeGo and the KDE Plasma team have this 'device spectrum' idea (one infrastructure for a range of devices, from mobile to the 'ten foot' interface on tv's). Plasma Mediacenter is coming, and there will be a MeeGo interface for tv's too. And it is not unlikely (and would be smart) they will work together on this at one point in the future...

Plasma's tech is incredibly handy for this. The Plasma Mobile interface is proving this already, and what they currently have in the Media center area is pretty interesting (but far from production ready).

edit:typo

Edited 2010-07-18 10:10 UTC

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RE: other players
by Eugenia on Sun 18th Jul 2010 10:16 in reply to "other players"
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2005-06-28

>Sony is building more and more cleverness in their tv's, wouldn't that make a diff here?

No, because if that Sony solution is Sony-only, then it's pretty much useless. Having some access to youtube, or even Netflix, doesn't cut it. What's required is a full platform, with developer tools, and compatibility across all ranges of new TVs.

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RE[2]: other players
by superstoned on Sun 18th Jul 2010 12:34 in reply to "RE: other players"
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2005-07-07

True, true. Yet, they're going in this direction - and are probably building on linux. At some point, it might open up, esp if the foss world comes up with cool solutions like MeeGo and Plasma MediaCenter, right?

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RE[2]: other players
by Kroc on Sun 18th Jul 2010 16:29 in reply to "RE: other players"
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2005-11-10

In the Google TV announcement, Google said that they were working with Sony to make TVs with Google-TV built in. If so, it’s the first clue Sony have had in a long time;

1. Buy Sony latop

2. Reformat

They’re kings of proprietary media crap.

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RE[2]: other players
by nt_jerkface on Sun 18th Jul 2010 18:45 in reply to "RE: other players"
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What's required is a full platform, with developer tools, and compatibility across all ranges of new TVs.


Required for who? Here we go again with geeks thinking that electronics should be designed around the needs of 1% of the population.

HDTV companies will likely cut deals with content providers like Netflix and Hulu to lower the cost of production. If you want your HDTV to do more then build an HTPC.

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RE[2]: other players
by lemur2 on Tue 20th Jul 2010 12:37 in reply to "RE: other players"
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>Sony is building more and more cleverness in their tv's, wouldn't that make a diff here?

No, because if that Sony solution is Sony-only, then it's pretty much useless. Having some access to youtube, or even Netflix, doesn't cut it. What's required is a full platform, with developer tools, and compatibility across all ranges of new TVs.


In Australia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Broadband_Network

http://www.telstra.com.au/tbox/index.html

http://m.zdnet.com.au/linux-to-conquer-oz-via-t-box-android-3393035...

http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/hometech/telstra-tbox-takes-the-...

This will work perfectly well with the ordinary HD TV that you could buy today.

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RE: other players
by phoenix on Mon 19th Jul 2010 22:26 in reply to "other players"
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2005-07-11

Hmmm, Sony is building more and more cleverness in their tv's, wouldn't that make a diff here?


It would be nice if TVs went in the other direction, and become like monitors: passive output (display) devices.

I don't want an ethernet jack in my TV. I don't want Internet access built-in to my TV. I don't want tonnes of menus and layers and what not.

Give me a large, clear, crisp display with lots of inputs in the back, and a single set of audio outputs.

Let the other boxes in the living worry about where the content is coming from (VCR, DVD, BD, cable, HTPC, etc).

Maybe it's time to move to a projector and be done with the whole TV hassle. ;)

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