Originally Posted by MrBobb
Now the Apple Geniuses (or Evils depending on your ideology) made APPS a big part of the iTunes eco-system and lots would say helps bring tons of people buying into their products.
So why don't the TV vendors do that?
It seems Google made an anemic effort, but what's wrong? why hasn't it caught up? Technology? Politics? No Steve-Jobs genius at TV companies?
Gimme a real answer people! Funny App cartoon
Perhaps because a significant percentage of tv owners - self included - don't give a hoot about "APPs."
And a significant percentage of those who DO care about apps already own Some Device Other Than a TV that provides them.
Limited Population Example: Our 4 older kids all own at least one HDTV that has SOME form of App / Internet connection; all 4 of them frequently stream from Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube - and who knows what other services.
Yet NOT ONE OF THEM uses their "Smart TV" to access these services. Why? Because they all have AT LEAST TWO
other devices that provide access - and have done so for a longer period of time than "Smart TVs" have been on the market.
We've had a couple of "Smart TVs" for over 6 months now - and have used the "Smart" features exactly ZERO times (not counting a Firmware update). We DID use a couple of the Smart features on our first Pan blu-ray player - purchased 2.5 years ago, along with a tv that lacked internet access. Streamed a couple of (FREE) movies from Amazon; called up some of the listed services to see what they consisted of....
And then Just Stopped: Briefly Interesting Curiosities, with no on-going appeal.
As your post seems to suggest, perhaps if the HDTV Apps were Made With Excellence, and then Effectively Marketed, more people would Care - and Use Them. But it is going to be a lot easier for the myriad Alternative Devices to offer upgrades & new services than it will be for the tv manufacturers...