Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Feb 2013 14:15 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes "LG said today it was acquiring WebOS from Hewlett-Packard, with the intention to use the operating system not for its mobile phones, but in its smart televisions. With the deal, LG obtains the source code for WebOS, related documentation, engineering talent, and related WebOS Web sites. LG also gets HP licenses for use with its WebOS products, and patents HP obtained from Palm. The financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed." Completely and utterly pointless. Smart TVs are a dead end. The TV should just remain a dumb receiver for input - whether from a computer or console via cables, or wirelessly from a smartphone or tablet. Our phones and tablets are already smart so TVs don't have to be.
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RE: Got to agree about smart TVs
by Lobotomik on Mon 25th Feb 2013 14:48 UTC in reply to "Got to agree about smart TVs"
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What's with the antenna? Hundreds of millions of europeans, not to talk about the rest of the world, are not using cable or net TV. Cable and sat did have channels, last I heard, anyway.

I agree about the undesirability of smart TVs anyway. TV sets should last many, many years, and their built-in smart TV computers are obsolete the day after you buy them. I understand that TV makers love built-in obsolescence, but for users and for the environment it is much better to use an external box, which you can get nowadays for less than 50€, and which you can dispose of in two years time if you want to have a better one.

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lucas_maximus Member since:

Accept TV's aren't the only Smart Devices.

This is being built into things like Blu-ray players, Set-top boxes.

There is nothing stopping them updating the OS via the internet either.

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Lobotomik Member since:

I really dislike the idea of twenty different smartish devices thrown together, all conspiring to get my attention by offering mostly the same services, at different degrees of obsolescence. Should I watch Netflix on the games console, the SmartTV, the PVR, my cellphone via HDMI, or my tablet via Miracast?

When I spend 800€ in a new TV, I would much rather they all went to pay for size and image quality, but unless you go for the cheapest of the cheapest there is no way to skip the SmartTV and the 3D tax.

And when in two years time that TV set looks just about as good as the new ones, but its smart guts are hopelessly outdated, I will need an external SmartTV box anyway. And then, for years I will have to put up with a sad unneeded bunch of obsolete buttons in the remote and a TV user interface cluttered with useless crap. But fat chance if they think I will buy a new TV just to save me that trouble.

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