Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 24th Oct 2011 20:05 UTC
Apple Appleinsider writes: "An anticipated Apple high-definition television set, complete with iOS features including Siri voice commands, FaceTime video chat and access to the App Store, would be a strong product in a massive $100 billion market, according to a new analysis." Last year I explained my vision of a smart TV too (read the comment), and my ideas were pretty much the same thing AppleInsider discusses about today. Back then I was almost laughed at by most OSNews residents for these ideas. I have the feeling that the people who then found my ideas ridiculous, they'll now find a possible Apple smart TV "natural" and "revolutionary".
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RE: Nope
by Doc Pain on Mon 24th Oct 2011 23:32 UTC in reply to "Nope"
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I said back then, and I'll say it again now: TV screens should be just dumb screens with lots of input connectors. Everything else (VCR, PVR, DVD, Blu-Ray, game consoles, media centres, etc) should be external boxes that plug into the TV screen. Even the cable tuner. There should be no functional difference between a "TV" screen and a "PC" screen besides the resolution and the number of inputs.

A powerful and extensible approach, but it seems that customers want the "one size fits all", the "egg-laying wool-milk-sow", the "one device that does have everything". Of course possible devices are short on life time, as technology advances very fast, but customers seem to be used to it. After all, their constant re-buying of stuff they already have (i. e. stuff they need to perform the same trivial actions, like watching TV) benefits industry to make cheaper and cheaper products which in turn makes the products spread wider, and this again means that more and more "outdated" products need to be bought again...

Additionally, making the TV "just a monitor" could cause tax decreaes in some countries.

In Germany, you have to pay a kind of tax for any "radio reception capable" device you own: A TV, a radio, a PC or a smartphone (which you can also use to watch TV, just like with using a PC). The exception is a monitor that doesn't contain the functionality to "receive radio transmission". There's even an authority for that -- in fact, it's just a private company collecting the "TV toll" for the state, see "GEZ". Devices have to be registered with the state so they can calculate your individual "TV toll" depending on how many devices you own.

What happens when Apple updates iOS and deprecates the "Apple TV" after 2 years?

What always happens: You need to buy something new, or stick with what you have in a limited state as long as possible, just until you can't use it anymore (like analog satelite reception in Germany).

What happens when the flash disk in the TV dies?

Call iService. :-)

What happens when the flash disk corrupts?

Call iService and iPolice, :-)

We need to be making TVs dumber, not smarter.

The "free market" won't let you do this, as customers have been conditioned by advertising that they need "smart devices" everywhere and everytime, even if all they do is letting the TV raining down on them.

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