Originally Posted by AVTrauma
Joe, I must admit I don't understand the "smart TV" hoopla. Is there something more to a smart TV besides an ethernet connection (wired or wireless)? Does the TV come with/require a keyboard or maybe a special kinda remore? And as you mentioned, do they have different/more capability than a Bluray player with internet access?
(Sorry, haven't kept up with all the latest and greatest, and too lazy to do the research tonight, plus I've been too busy enjoying my latest purchase to check out anything/everything I may be missing (or wishing I had!)
I imagine that it is relatively inexpensive to add ethernet connectivity, just like it is inexpensive for the manufacturers to add 3D capability. I'm curious about the price mark up for the smart TV's... comparable/more/less than the 3D mark up? I can see where the appeal of a TV with the ability to stream video would exceed the appeal for 3D (especially with the limited 3D content available).
My thinking, unsophisticated as it is... logical & smart move by the manufacturers. 3D makes it's enterance 2 years ago (admittedly, not as enthusiastically adopted as hoped for), so what's the next/new thing to stimulate the masses to part with their hard earned cash in the current economic climate? Makes perfect sense.
Kinda funny how we don't have threads about smart TV's being a fad, or that the manufacturers are cramming them down our thoats, just to make a buck. (the "appeal" factor?)
Anyways... Those who have made the leap to 3D can enjoy the slowly increasing content available... and wait for all the rest to catch up to us early adoptors!
Question though... aren't all 3D sets coming with ethernet connectivity for firmware updates? Does this mean my 3D capable 52" Sony Hx909 with ethernet connectivity (Netfix, Hulu etc.) is also a smart TV too?