28 Jun '12, 7pm

Smart TV: You won’t need an Apple TV, Roku, or DVR box when your television runs its own software

Smart TV: You won’t need an Apple TV, Roku, or DVR box when your television runs its own software

Many readers are probably old enough to remember selecting a television channel by turning a knob. With just a dozen positions, it was the picture of simplicity.
 Today, you could make a control knob the size of a Studebaker hubcap and it still wouldn’t accommodate all our viewing options. Cable and satellite providers routinely offer hundreds of channels of programming and additional video-on-demand (VOD) choices.
 In addition, your Blu‑ray player or your Wii—or a media player such as a Roku or a Western Digital box—lets you watch movies and other shows from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and Vudu.
 But wait, there’s more. YouTube now gets one hour of new video uploaded to the site every second of every day. And that’s not just Justin Bieber song videos and kittens doing cute things; YouTube offers full-length movies. How are you going to build a channel dial f...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/tools-toys/smart-tv

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