I’m currently in the market for a new TV. The last time I purchased one was about 4 years ago. My how things have changed! TVs now come in 3D, are Internet capable and run apps. We’re told that these Smart TVs are the future. But I don’t want one. They suck, and here are 3 reasons why.
Like most consumers, when I go to buy a new TV, I just want one with a nice display. Something that will look nice, be easy to use and doesn’t require a 100 button remote.
Apps Are For Small Displays
The bigger the screen, the longer the attention span. The smaller the screen, the shorter the attention span. Large screens are for sitting back and watching movies. Apps have no place on a TV. Apps are small programs that you use every now and then to tweet, check your email or send a text message. Nobody wants to do that from a large screen.
Investment In Technology That May Be Obsolete Soon
I buy a new gaming console about every 6 years, and a new smartphone every 2 years. A TV is an item that is expected to last many years. My old analog set has been going for 13 years and counting. Why would I want to be locked into an environment that may become obsolete the moment I purchase it?
So Mister TV Maker. Stop trying to make the next hip, Internet supercharged, smartphone-like TV. We don’t want them. Just make a device with a good screen and maybe some solid speakers that will work with my existing, interchangable hardware. Leave the content delivery to the device I choose.