Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Jan 2011 16:04 UTC
Games Ah, OnLive. This company is trying to bring streaming gaming to the mainstream, and has has just announced a pretty significant partnership with Vizio, the US' largest LCD TV seller. Vizo TVs, smartphones, tablets, and Blu-Ray players will all come equipped, out of the box, with OnLive's streaming service.
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Mexicali100
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2009-10-15

In my opinion, the only thing that should be built into a quality television is a quality sound system. Everything else should be a separate device. TVs are expensive, where as settop boxes are cheap. 4 or 5 years down the road Netflix will have evolved, google TV will have evolved, and On-live will have evolved. But your TV will not. So as these services move forward to Version 2.0, your screen and menus will be encumbered by a bunch of legacy services. The other downfall of combining these thin client services into your TV set is that the boot up time for your set is ridiculously slow, and there is the risk that one of these services could bring down your whole TV set.

Additionally, I do warranty repairs for Vizio's and I'm on the cusp of resigning because their quality is horrendous. 25% of my replacement parts were DOA in the 4th quarter of last year. - it is just too embarrassing for me. Fortunately for Vizio owners, their customer service is darn good.

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jello Member since:
2006-08-08

That's exactly my thinking.

If I buy a new TV I don't need crippled internet access because I have a htpc that does that already in the way I want (access to any webpage I want and not only what they offer). The way it is now it's useless.

Besides Vizio already announced last month that they may charge ($$$) for this service in the future.

Other companies will surely follow.

The sad thing that in a few years we will have problems finding new TVs without build-in 3D and internet services - don't want to pay for stuff I don't need!

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