Smart or dumb TV?
Picture quality aside, would you rather your TV be "smart" with integrated video streaming, search, and apps, or just a "dumb monitor"?
The first mainstream TVs with built-in Internet connectivity appeared a couple of years ago, such as Samsung's LNA650 series. Here's a section from
"New for 2008, the 650 series also includes an Ethernet port, which allows the TV to access the Internet to display news, stock ticker information, and local weather. USA Today provides the news feed, which can sit in the corner of the screen like a ticker (turn "Desperate Housewives" into Fox News!), or be expanded to allow you to read numerous top stories in a variety of topics."
We've come a long way, baby. Today's Internet-connected TVs integrate streaming video from YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, Vudu, and Hulu Plus; audio from Pandora, Rhapsody, Napster and NPR; and photos from Picasa and Flickr. They also deliver weather, traffic, maps, fantasy football, Facebook, Twitter, and even rudimentary games that are designed to be played with one thumb and your TV's remote.
Those remotes can have touch screens or full QWERTY keyboards. The TVs may have Wi-Fi and may stream content not just from the Internet but also from your own PC via a network or directly from a connected hard drive. Samsung has an apps store for its TVs, complete with a, and Vizio calls its Internet service by the same Apple-inspired name.
Tomorrow's TVs will include Android Marketplace--the first ( ) before the end of 2010. Samsung could follow suit by , and I won't be surprised when the Apple logo .'s integrated search, program guide, DVR/cable box control, and access to the
But do you want all that stuff built-in? External boxes--including DVRs, Blu-ray players, game consoles such as the PS3 and Xbox 360;
All of which makes us wonder which one is for you? Feel free to augment your vote with a comment.
Thanks to commenter Norseman for the inspiration.