Linked by David Adams on Tue 14th Feb 2012 17:24 UTC
Apple Today Samsung AV product lead Chris Moseley had comments about Apple's rumored entrance into the television marketplace that sound eerily similar to that which Palm CEO Ed Colligan's said a few years back about how Apple's ability to simply walk into this market and figure it out like they had managed to do after years of research.
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Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 14th Feb 2012 22:50 UTC
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Setting up my recently bought €1200 Sony Bravia.

1) put it down.
2) shove smart card in the TV.
3) press 'on'.
4) wait 2 minutes.
5) watch HDTV.

Terribly, terribly complicated.

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RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by kristoph on Tue 14th Feb 2012 23:00 in reply to "Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

You know, there used to be an argument that said that 'separate' devices (like camera's and phones) were a better choice and would 'win' over integrated devices.

No one is arguing this anymore.

Similarly, the argument that 'smart' TV's are pointless and it's just all about picture quality and 'watching TV' are flawed.

The TV is - as I think Balmer originally said - just another screen and just like your phone/tablet/computer will have apps and shit that will run on it in addition to making the your TV browsing experience less complex.

Now I appreciate in the Netherlands it might be different but in the US we have 100+ channels, VOD from the ISP, Netflix, Hulu, etc.

That's just crying out for a smarter TV which would, for example, figure things out when you said 'play an episode of the simpsons'.


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cyrilleberger Member since:
2006-02-01

You know, there used to be an argument that said that 'separate' devices (like camera's and phones) were a better choice and would 'win' over integrated devices.

No one is arguing this anymore.


Curiously the "point and shoot" market (which is in direct competition with phones, as opposed to DSLR) is still going strong, maybe it has to do with picture quality ? I would say phones have replaced camera for being the camera you have always with you, but if you go somewhere with the intent of taking pictures, then people still relies on real camera.

However, if you replace "camera" by "music player", then I would agree. But for phones to replace camera, they will need to have proper lenses.

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RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by acobar on Wed 15th Feb 2012 02:45 in reply to "Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
acobar Member since:
2005-11-15

Thom, perhaps you are ignoring the level of interactivity that can be achieved by integrating TV + iDevice (a powerful pocket computer now) + Internet + software from apps stores + contents store, all under a simple interface. You should have some installed base also but guess what, all this are actually already available to Apple.

- Buy content via Internet while you check emails or search for something more on a big screen;
- Talk to friends with image;
- Share music selections;
- Post things on Facebook (argh!);
- Program the movies and shows your want to see in advance;
- A lot more.

I know all these things can be done on your computer + television, but for most people, an integrated system with an intuitive touch controller and a big screen is a killer solution for their needs of communication and entertainment.

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