[opendtv] Re: Early adopters generally not happy with their smart TVs

  • From: Kon Wilms <konfoo@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:34:23 -0700

Early adopters? You should try being a developer for these so-called Smart

Most of the development tools are an absolute joke. Example for today -
Samsung SmartTV development kit - these geniuses deleted the Eclipse
binaries from their SDK 'bundle', and even if you get that working, it only
runs on a 32bit OS.


On Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM, Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Has Michael Grotticelli been talking to Bert?
> Probably not, but this story posted by Mike in today's Beyond The
> Headlines offers some of the same criticisms of the Smart TV experience
> that Bert has focused on recently. To be completely fair, the story also
> touches upon some of my concerns about user interface.
> Turns out that some of these folks are turning to second screen devices
> instead of the Smart TV. One person commenting on the story argued that
> second screens as navigation devices are not a viable solution, as they
> take your attention away from the TV. I strongly suspect that trying to
> type search terms on a Smart TV remote does much the same…
> I am just beginning to use my new Apple TV. I'll be able to relate much
> more about the experience after we upgrade to cable broadband, as our AT&T
> DSL service is simply too slow for a decent OTT experience. But one thing
> that it does very well is Airplay mirroring of videos that I find on my
> iPad. Just touch the Airplay icon in the iPad video player, and it loads
> the video onto the big screen, where it continues to play even when the
> iPad is put to sleep.
> Regards
> Craig
> http://broadcastengineering.com/hdtv/early-adopters-generally-not-happy-their-smart-tvs?NL=BE-04&Issue=BE-04_20130715_BE-04_907&YM_RID=craig@xxxxxxxxx&YM_MID=1408494&sfvc4enews=42
> Early adopters generally not happy with their smart TVs
> Among those who have not purchased a smart TV, the concern is that these
> products don’t yet deliver an enjoyable experience.
> Jul. 15, 2013
> Michael Grotticelli
> OEMs and app developers are failing to provide smart TV users with apps
> and services that enhance the TV experience.
> Smart TVs aren’t getting good reviews from those who have them in their
> living rooms, preferring instead smart phones and tablets for Internet
> video viewing and web surfing. The latest research from Strategy Analytics’
> Digital Home Observator states that Apple iPhones and other connected
> devices are far easier to use.
> The study, “Online Video Lead Adopters Bypass the Smart TV with Personal
> Devices,” offers an in-depth examination of how the behavior of eight
> advanced user households has changed over the past three years as new
> connected TV technologies have emerged.
> Even though half of the sample had acquired a smart TV over the past three
> years, no one was found to be using it as their main source for connected
> media entertainment since they found tablets, smartphones and other
> connected TV devices easier to use, the report said.
> Early adopters who have not purchased a smart TV yet were concerned that
> these products were not ready to deliver an enjoyable experience and were
> happy to continue using other connected devices instead.
> “The smart TV is limited in apps and doesn’t allow you to easily search,”
> one participant said. “I had a battle between the PS3 (gaming console) and
> the smart TV in which one to use, and the PS3 won.”
> OEMs and app developers are failing to provide smart TV users with apps
> and services that enhance the TV experience, said Taryn Tulay, senior
> analyst in the User Experience Practice.
> “An intuitive remote that works fluidly with the UI and provides ease of
> text input with an integrated touchscreen is imperative to consumers
> finding the apps and services functional on a TV,” she said.
> The study concludes that while traditional TV will continue to play a key
> role in domestic lifestyles, viewers will increasingly rely on the
> convenience of personal devices and over-the-top video services to support
> their entertainment needs.
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