Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th May 2012 19:10 UTC
Apple The next frontier for Apple - and other technology companies - to conquer: the television market. Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn, has confirmed his company will be building a television for Apple in conjunction with Sharp. Since I bought a brand-new top-of-the-line TV late last year, I've been thinking a lot about what could be improved about the state of TV today, and as crazy as it seems, I'm actually not that dissatisfied.
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I think it's foolish to expect built-in features of *any* TV to match what you think they should have. I recently got a couple of Panasonic plasmas (one a "Smart TV" and the other not) and whilst the Smart TV stuff is moderately handy if you don't know how to hook up a PC to the TV, it's ultimately quite limited in what it can provide you.

Best setup is to get an HTPC (I use an Acer Revo 3700, but any equivalent will do) - making sure it supports 1080p and HDMI out of the box like the Revo does - and then hook it up to the Net and your new TV. Wireless keyboard, mouse and maybe a media remote - throw in XBMC and maybe a TV tuner backend (e.g. tvheadend, MythTV backend) and you'll have a *far* more flexible setup than *any* Apple or Sony solution in the future.
You know it makes sense :-)

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Morgan Member since:

That's similar to my current setup. I have a super cheap LCD TV with VGA and HDMI inputs. I had put my current desktop PC with Windows 7 and Windows Media Center on it at first which worked flawlessly, and used my laptop as my main computer, but I ended up selling the laptop and went back to the desktop as my main.

The TV is now connected to a dual core HP mini-desktop form factor (not tower, this sits on its side like a proper media device). I was running the included XP Pro with MediaPortal but that sucked. I tried GNU/Linux with XBMC and MythTV but something in that equation didn't like my TV tuner card. So, I'm now installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview (it's free and I'm not going to pirate Win7) and if it works well, I'll spring for another Windows 7 license when the preview times out.

I don't have cable TV and never will; between over-the-air broadcasts, Sickbeard and Netflix I'm pretty much covered.

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zima Member since:

You know it makes sense :-)

...for minuscule part of the population. All the rest will be happy with something "good enough" and handy.

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