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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RE: So in short...
by phoenix on Mon 19th Jul 2010 22:35 UTC in reply to "So in short..."
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You're saying that the future of TV is using the TV as a "dumb" computer display and that a suitable computer should be embedded in the TV, using that display.

Almost. Separate the TV from the computer, and you have nirvana. ;)

Upgrade the "magic box" that connects to the TV every now and then, without having to upgrade/replace the TV. Add services to the "magic box" next to the TV to add more content. Move the "magic box" upstairs to use on the 32" TV in the bedroom without having to lug the 60" TV upstairs. "magic box" goes up in a puff of smoke, just replace it, without touching the TV.

And so on.

Combining the two will cause no end of grief for everyone. Who wants to replace their HDTV just to get an upgraded embedded OS when it would be so much simpler/easier to upgrade the "magic box" next to it?

What's really needed is to standardise the "magic box" such that it could replace all the different set-top-boxes out there (digital cable/satellite, DVD/BD, PVR, Tivo, WebTV, etc, etc).

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