I’ve been looking in to purchasing a new television. Well, not so much buying a new one, but I’ve been weighing in on the new ‘televisions’ and what they offer. Some of them now are really impressive. They have gotten bigger, lighter, thinner and more Internet streaming functions are being added to them [almost] daily.
The current TV’s are focused on the same things, picture, refresh rates, bigger, but thinner and options for streaming anything to a TV. But TV’s are becoming like ‘phones'; phones aren’t phones anymore, phones are Smartphones; they do everything and making a phone call is just a small part of what we classify a phone as…
As we move forward with the development of new televisions, or basically repeating the same process that we’ve done with PCs and smartphones.
When LCD TVs first came out, I saw one of the first LCD TVs that was 32 inches and it was roughly $20,000. The other day, I was looking in a sale paper and noticed that for the first time in a long time that the price of an LCD TV was actually lower than $100 per 10 inches. Meaning that if you want to purchase an LCD TV that was 42 inches, you could look at roughly buying a television for about $450…
Finally starting to see the prices of flat screen TVs dropping like this means that the LCD TV market has finally stabilized, the production of these types of TVs are standard and that now there’s so much competition, and so many manufacturers making LCD TVs [or flat screens] the prices are being forced even lower. I would presume to think that we can thank manufacturers like Visio, Emerson and Apex for helping drive down the price of the televisions.
But now there’s a new race, the race for the Internet enabled TV. That is the spicy food of the day…
Customers want Internet enabled televisions, they want interaction, they will smart TVs, they won’t voice-recognition and they want to be able to display just about anything that they want to on their TVs [easily]. TV manufacturers are racing as fast as they can to produce these types of TVs. Most of the televisions that there working on right now are based on the android operating system.
The problem with these Internet enabled TVs is the input devices; you can’t use just a standard TV remote— that’s not going to cut it anymore. People want innovative ideas, they want simple and they want comfortable. The TV remotes for the new smart TVs are going to have to be truly ‘smarter’. Somewhere between Wii and Xbox… I’ve even seen smart TVs advertised recently that will detect body motion. I really don’t think detecting body motion is a good way for a smart TV to function, especially in situations where the bad lighting.
Knowing that manufacturers are working on Internet-based televisions, trying to improve them more and more, it actually causes me to pause.
What I like and Internet enabled TV?
YES; but I know that next year Internet enabled TVs will be even better, and with more functionality. Electronics and technology is like one of the worst consumer items that people can purchase. Because electronics get smaller, technology gets better and things get faster almost every six months. It’s not enough to have an internet-enabled TV, you have to be able to get the new stuff with that TV; it has to be upgradable. But the problem with upgrades, upgrades usually slow things down or or cause problems.
And to be perfectly honest, my vision of a new television, television that’s Internet enabled should be able to do so many things.
They should have Skype, should have a web cam, should have voice-recognition, should have face recognition, should have Internet streaming ability, should have Wi-Fi, should have Bluetooth… wait; what I’m actually asking for is a huge, very huge, tablet or laptop computer that I can do everything on… I really want a TV that I can pick up the remote and tell it what I want to watch. I want a TV to start understanding the types of material that I like to watch and show me alternatives…
With the advancements that nuance is making with voice-recognition and the advancements that Google has made with their voice-recognition, and how voice-recognition is making it into automobiles; it’s not a far-fetched idea that people will be speaking to their televisions [or remotes] to tell it what they want to watch.
But that’s what it is… a small computer with a huge display.
They don’t make these TVs yet; not the one that I want. But that’s actually good thing, because it just means that I need to wait a little bit longer to get the TV that I want. The picture and ability that my current TV has is just fine. I really want a TV that understands me, can deliver on the things that I want to watch and is going to provide the functionality that I need to last me at least five years. Which actually sounds funny, because I know the older TVs, the tube TVs; some of the older TVs that are 30 and 40 years old are still working perfectly. You’re not going to get 30 and 40 years of service out of an LCD TV… it’s not going to happen.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. Now that the LCD TV market has stabilized and prices have started to come down, and the standard resolution of a high definition TV is 720 or 1080; now there’s got to be something new.
Ultra high-definition displays at 8k…
So the question you have to ask yourself now is how happy are you with your 1080 display? Because in about 3 to 5 years, it’s going to be outdated… Like I said with technology, it’s always getting better and it’s always changing.
People who have been working with personal computers for the last 30 years know this game very well. It’s all about the new stuff; you have to have the new stuff. You going to pay top dollar for the new items that you need, but you also know that in a year that item is going to depreciate so rapidly; it’s like the worst addiction problem you can have— I think it’s worse than drugs.
All this begs another question, and I’m going to do this in another post… do I need a smart TV with everything in it, or do I need a high definition television with an ancillary product that provides me with all the functions that I want? [That'll be another post]
These are just some of my thoughts on high-definition televisions and smart TVs; I would love to hear some of your comments…
Larry Henry Jr.
…via Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11
Televisions of tomorrow aren’t ‘Televisions’
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