Originally Posted by blazar
I don't see the long term business model for this company. We are at a point where you can "have everything" for a low price and in an overpowered and smoothly functioning device (in theory at least). Another year and they will will work out most of the bugs and then perhaps get the 8k stuff ready.
8k of course will have marginal benefits vs 4k for most viewing circumstances. perhaps they go for Super Duper Dolby Vision UHD, but even then the effect becomes more and more a matter of diminishing returns.
Seems like we are missing blu-ray UHD quality movies and uncompressed atmos at this point from the streaming folks. Will it take another year to implement and provide content for these? Either way, you know they will come.
Either way, the living room 'convergence' is fast approaching (and for many it is already here). Amazon Alexa and others are creating new 'universal' remote standards and I suspect that more and more manufacturers will conform to Apple/Amazon/Google the way that that some devices auto-conform (out of the box) to Crestron or whatever.
It feels like so much of this is going to be commoditized and there will be less room to discuss stuff at avsforum. or perhaps there will be the 'next big thing' for tweakers.
I would be surprised if Roku is still around in 10 years. I wonder what their game plan for innovation is?
Isn't that what Roku is providing? An inexpensive smooth streaming appliance?
There's no reason why they couldn't integrate support for Alexa, Amazon has offered that support to third parties in the past.
I could see a draw for these for folks who have older smart TVs that don't support the latest streaming services or that don't do a good job handling the ones they have, as well as for the tons of dumb TVs out there (though those numbers will decrease over time).
I have an old SD analog CRT tube TV in my bedroom. It's almost 20 years old, but still works. I could see getting one of the cheap Roku sticks to turn it into a smart TV so I could watch Amazon and Netflix.
I'd have to compare against the FireTV stick though.
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