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: Comment by M.Onty
by BallmerKnowsBest on Tue 26th Feb 2013 16:56 UTC in reply to "Comment by M.Onty"
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Quite a lot of the contrary pro-Smart-TV posts seem to have missed what I assume to be Thom's basic point:

A pretty screen looks pretty for many, many years, even when its technically been superseded. A cheap SoC computer keeps up with media trends for a couple of years (if you're lucky) and when it falls behind, it really shows. Why would a consumer want to have the latter bundled with their TV when it effectively devalues the former? At best its only useful for those first few years, after which point you have to plug another box in anyway, just as if it wasn't a Smart-TV.

And that's best-case, assuming TV makers don't follow the Apple/iOS model of deliberately failing to support any technologies that could undermine their control (and their ability to force upgrades by strategically dropping software support for old devices).

If SmartTVs take off, I doubt it will be long before we see cheap-o "NetFlix TVs" at Wal-Mart, with a built-in NetFlix player, an ethernet jack, and no "legacy" video inputs (the same way iProducts lack support for SD cards). Then just wait until NetFlix changes something on their end, breaking the player software built into the TV - giving the TV maker the power to force customers to upgrade by simply *not* releasing a software update.

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RE[2]: Comment by M.Onty
by Alfman on Tue 26th Feb 2013 17:27 in reply to "RE: Comment by M.Onty"
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That is actually what I see as the fundamental tragedy. As appealing as smarttvs might be for promoting new living room innovations, it's going to be a lost opportunity if consumers and developers loose control to media companies and overreaching manufacturers who impose selfish restrictions on the technology to block competition. It is so sad that anti-competitive behavior goes so far as to divert engineering resources away from desirable product features and towards making devices less open.

I can only hope LG will be different, but my hopes are not high with everyone trying to mimic apple's success with the closed computing model.

Edited 2013-02-26 17:32 UTC

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