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[2]: Disagree with you here Thom
by Alfman on Mon 25th Feb 2013 16:12 UTC in reply to "RE: Disagree with you here Thom"
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It can be wireless or wired, but the problem with the TV as a dumb reception device is that you'll need another separate device to drive it.

I have a couple problems with this model:

1. I have to waste a model device (say a tablet) in order to have the TV echo the screen.

2. I might want to use multiple portable devices to interact with the same television simultaneously in modes where it doesn't make sense to designate any as a video master. The TVs video might not be a direct copy of any single mobile device.

3. The smart TV might have hookups that are unavailable or impractical to establish on a mobile device. This makes for clumsy integration on the mobile platform.

4. On top of my simple earlier use case, there's much more opportunity for innovation on smart tvs. They might technically be implementable using smart devices connected to dumb TVs, but you'll have to admit that some people would prefer an integrated solution such that there's no need for separate external devices. Ideally the computer portion of a smart TV could exist in an upgradable slot, which is brand agnostic, but I already know this is wishful thinking.

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swift11 Member since:

The cost of a chip is a very small part of the total cost, so all TVs will be smart.
And: no need for ultra-low power chips in TVs.

Adding a codec to a smart TV is rather simple imo;

Samsung has an "evolution kit": you simply buy a new one after a few years.

Edited 2013-02-25 16:44 UTC

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Yamin Member since:

This is a very good point.

As long as they don't screw up the basic functionality, I can see only good things from making a TV smart.

It doesn't cost very much and comes in a nice package.

Just the other day, I went to a birthday party and the host configured their samsung tv to show a scrolling banner "Happy birthday...".

The simple usecases are there for cheap on a smart tv (picture viewing, movie streaming, scrolling banners, auto-update...).

I'm sure updates will stop working, new formats will get out-dated and then you can have your laptop or desktop or HTPC or mobile phone or game console do the work.

But if the cost is marginal for an integrated experience and they keep external connections active, then it's utility is only enhanced.

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lucas_maximus Member since:

Also there are "Smart Devices".

Set-top boxes, Blu-ray players etc can offer a traditional TV the SMART functionality much like consoles are today.

I think it would be great to have skype running on my TV. Or being able to use a tablet as an input device and seeing my tweets/skype convo being shown on the tv as well as responses while live events are being viewed.

I have just starting working with Smart TV like devices. There are a lot of possibilities for some very cool things.

I think there is a serious lack of imagination from Thom and some of the other posters. Pretty much every developer in our team is quite exciting by some of the really cool stuff we can build.

The sky really is the limit.

Edited 2013-02-26 20:35 UTC

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