Originally Posted by Highland Logan
Yeah you are.
Every year manufacturers bring new products to the market, making the ones from the year before outdated, and obsolete.
Samsung is the first manufacturer to give those who bought the higher-end models of the previous year the choice to upgrade to some of the new functionality and features of the current model. For those who got a 2012; the first year of the up-gradable TV, they will be able to upgrade till 2016.
You don't have to stumble too far on a forum like this to find the guy that buys a new TV, and upgrades the next year with something with more bells and whistles. Now for far less than the price of a new TV, he or she can get the most out of their current model, with the added features of the newer.
Computers have been doing this for a very long time. Low on memory? Get more RAM. Sound card not keeping up with the new games and movies? Get a better sound card.
Apparently you have a Samsung and would like to justify paying more. That's fine. Giving a consumer the option to have the current year's technology is ok as well, if it works correctly, but that's not what we're seeing here. There are always going to be people who want more than what they originally paid for ( service menu access comes to mind), and again that's fine. It's your money, but I think it's just Samsung's way of squeezing more money out of the consumer. I have a Samsung EH5300 and there's no way I'm going to stick a box on the back of my tv that may, or may not, justify it's cost over the lifetime of the tv. More hardware, especially add-on, is one more thing to have problems and go wrong.