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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Fergy
Member since:
2006-04-10

I mentioned it already but I think it's such a good idea so I'll mention it again: Ideally the smart tv computer would be located in a user serviceable slot that could be upgraded independently from the rest of the TV. This could be even less wasteful than a tablet where a CPU upgrade implies throwing away the peripherals like a touchscreen, speakers, cameras, battery, etc.

And that is exactly what the people who don't want a smarttv want. Multiple companies could build the best smarttv card and could all provide their own software. So your tv remains a dumb device just like your pc monitor but you can drive it with a small settopbox that slots in the tv.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Fergy,

"And that is exactly what the people who don't want a smarttv want."

Not sure how you missed it, but *I* want a smart tv and it *is* what I want. Ideally the smart tv computers would be interchangeable between brands, but that's probably a very long ways off after one brand wins the market over and becomes a defacto standard with everyone building peripherals for it. We could do better if everyone would only work together towards a unified standard today, but that doesn't seem to be in the cards with today's manufacturers wanting exclusive control over the entire experience.

Edit: It's kind of too bad, third parties are often ahead of the manufacturers with regards to innovating software, and this is true whether the smart tv is integrated or external.

Edited 2013-02-26 22:54 UTC

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Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Fergy,

"And that is exactly what the people who don't want a smarttv want."

Not sure how you missed it, but *I* want a smart tv and it *is* what I want. Ideally the smart tv computers would be interchangeable between brands, but that's probably a very long ways off after one brand wins the market over and becomes a defacto standard. We could do better if everyone would only work together towards a unified standard, but that doesn't seem to be in the cards with today's manufacturers wanting exclusive control over the entire experience.

The problem with smarttvs is that the 'smart' is integrated. If you have removable smarts you don't have a smarttv anymore. At best you have a tv with supplied settop box.

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