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 Brendan on Tue 26th Feb 2013 08:40 UTC in reply to "Got to agree about smart TVs"
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Volume, input source, on and off. That's all a new monitor / TV should need.

Half the inputs are digital now (e.g. "digital TV" where something like MPEG decompression is needed). There's also image scaling involved (e.g. making an old 4:3 source fit on a 16:9 screen by stretching or "letter boxing"). Then there's the on screen display - showing which channel the user just switched to, but also doing things like subtitles and telling the user which program they're watching. For modern systems there's also an electronic program guide. Even a simple monitor (no tuner) needs a chip to tell the computer which video modes it supports.

What this all adds up to is that you need a CPU in your TV, even if it is a "dumb" TV.

Once you've got a CPU in your TV, it's relatively easy and cheap to use it for extra features; like allowing you to play (and maybe record) videos from a USB flash stick or network connection, allowing "firmware updates" in case there's bugs (cheaper than a product recall), etc. It's only a small step from there to things like internet browsers.

- Brendan

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