On Jan 14, 2008 7:30 AM, Manfredi, Albert E <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > Wow. What makes this interesting is that the supposed Internet > connection some of these new TVs offer, not to mention web sites > available to some cable customers, are actually just another form of a > walled garden. Not quite what some might have thought. If you're pulling data automatically via an ethernet connection then of course it has to be absolutely 100% walled garden, else you can't guarantee the data or availability thereof. I see no problem with that model. Of course, you are dead in the water when Sharp decides to change direction. I hope this fad goes away very soon. Display devices intended for TV should not have smart technology integrated - the rate of change is simply too high. Aquosnet is POLLED, there is no Push. Their 'technology' is basically a webpage with a refresh on a browser and what looks like hardcoded set of URLs. So 1995. But I guess if you're the marketing department, you can apply currently hip words like Push. No-one will know the difference, right? I notice the AppleTV is conspicuously absent. Wow, what a dog that was. If Apple and/or Microsoft actually came out with a good RAD SDK for these types of PCTV platforms none of the other players would have a leg to stand on. Unfortunately they are too caught up in .NET/ObjC land to get a clue. Cheers Kon > LAS VEGAS - It was clear at the Consumer Electronics Show that the > television has reached a new level of maturity as a beautiful piece of > hardware. What was less clear is what's next in content for these > gorgeous screens. > > Some TV makers are developing their own initiatives to push a little bit > of Internet content to their latest high end TVs. Their efforts > mirror-and probably will compete with-- bigger initiatives in cable > companies to deliver services over the Open Cable networks they are > installing. > > Meanwhile PC makers are trying to recruit third-party applications for > their living room TV products. This all comes at a time when studios and > cable companies are ramping up new online video sources geared more for > the PC screen. > > Flat panel TVs now command a whopping 37 percent of all consumer > electronics revenues and three-quarters of those TVs are based on LCDs, > said Scott Ramirez, vice president of Toshiba's TV group, speaking at a > CES press conference. Rear-projection TVs are declining fast, growth for > plasma TVs is slowing and DLP screens seem to be confined to a high end > niche. > > Riding the trend, LG Electronics rolled out 24 new LCD TVs and just > eight new plasma models. Expect the trend to continue for some time. > > Sharp, which shipped about 74 million LCD panels last year, laid out > plans for its 10th generation LCD facility in Osaka. The 314-acre, > multi-company site will use 112x120-inch substrates capable of yielding > 15 40-inch panels each when production starts in a couple years. And > there's more to come. > > "LCD technology has completed only a little more than half of its > possible evolution," said Toshihiko Fujimoto, chief executive of Sharp > Electronics Corp. at a CES press event. > > Most of the LCD TVs rolled out this week were 30- to 50-inch screens > capable of 1080-progressive resolution, many at 120 Hz refresh rates. > The big question at CES was what new content viewer will see on those > massive screens in this era of the Internet. > > Sharp rolled out AquosNet, a Web based push-service it plans for its > high-end TVs. The proprietary service will send weather, stock, high-res > slide shows and other bits of info to TVs via widgets that sit in a > corner of the screen and can be customized by users. Sharp will use > HomePlug AV powerline technology or an Ethernet link on the TV to get > the data from its proprietary Web portal. But don't expect full Internet > access. > > "We don't want to ask people to work with keyboards. This is a lean back > experience. Up to now PC/TVs have not been successful," said Bob > Scaglione, a senior vice president with Sharp US subsidiary. > > AquosNet uses a Linux-based browser that does not support video yet, so > don't expect to call up your iTunes TV shows this way. The approach does > mirror the kinds of services cable companies are demonstrating with > their Open Cable Applications Platform which Comcast has rebranded > tru2way. > > AquosNet "absolutely will be [competitive with OCAP]," said Scaglione. > "It gives TV makers more control over what content appears on their > screen," he added. > > Taking a different approach, LG announced a deal with NetFlix that will > let the TV maker embedded technology into a "networked video player" > later this year to link to the NetFlix video download Web site. Neither > company would give technical details about what embedded hardware or > software they are using. But a Netflix spokesman said the company had a > team of people at CES talking to other TV makers. > > "LG has an exclusive on this for about a week," the NetFlix spokesman > said. "We want to be in 100 boxes," he added. > > Hewlett-Packard's Media Smart TV and home server, co-developed with > Microsoft, are already on the Net via Wi-Fi. But they cannot yet access > the full riches of cable and satellite TV content. Comcast said it is > slogging through issues with the Windows software stack trying to > determine if it is reliable and secure enough for two-way Cable Card > connections. Satellite TV companies have been quietly working with > Microsoft in the background for some time, but they had no news at CES. > > In the meantime, HP is testing the Net as a return path to the cable > head-end so users can access video-on-demand and other services. "It's > still in test mode, but it's probably the cleanest solution I've seen," > said Phil McKinney, chief technology officer of HP's personal systems > group. > > The convergence of PC and TVs is "not quite smooth, there are some rough > edges," he added. Meanwhile, HP and Microsoft are recruiting third-party > applications developers to write interesting software for the PC-based > home server they co-developed. > > For their part, Hollywood studios have gotten the religion about online > video in the two years since Disney first agreed to make some TV shows > and movies available on Apple's iTunes Web site. > > "There will be an explosion of online video content" in the coming year, > said Dan Fawcett, president of the digital media group at Fox > Entertainment at a CES panel of Hollywood executives. > > One audience member complained about the "Easter egg hunt" required to > find good video on the Web. "That's exactly why we started Hulu," said > Fawcett. "It's going to be a destination site supported by multiple > studios to find the finest content from any source," he added of the > service to be launched later this year. > > Comcast launched a similar Web site called Fancast at CES. It allows > users to watch, find and buy a variety of movies and TV shows Comcast > has aggregated as part of its cable TV service. Microsoft announced at > CES new deals from a handful of studios making movies and TV shows > available on its Xbox Live service. > > "There are five or six interesting new players distributing video > content, and many studies are supporting them so you will see a lot of > traction in this area now," said Tom Lesinski, president of Paramount > Picture's digital division. > > Lesinski noted that "Zoolander" is now its top selling movie on iTunes. > "We are selling 5-10 year old movies in hundreds of thousands of units, > so this is a significant new business for our library," he said. > > Fawcett noted that many new high-def players for the Net are coming out > with new content available for the Web every quarter. 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