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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swift11
Member since:
2012-08-23

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:
2006-01-10

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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brostenen Member since:
2007-01-16

Yes... Keep all the inputs on the smart-tv as well.
I forgot to write it.

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