Originally Posted by ToonMasterTim
I understand it is easy to get upset about this. I am also a B7 owner. It would be great if they would port these enhancements to the older models. I also realize there is a cost to doing so, and most manufacturers do not provide new features to older TVs. I've accepted it. That's how they sell new TVs. Plus, hardware does change. The newer TVs have different chipsets. The software/firmware changes. If you know anything about software development, you know you have to thoroughly test. Seemingly minor changes can have unexpected consequences. Every generation of these TVs have issues and the engineers at LG have been historically good at listening to feedback from consumers and reviewers and fixing issues. Now, it isn't perfect. Go buy another TV from a different manufacturer if you want. That's certainly fine. Just be aware that the grass is not greener there. I only know of Vizio adding newer features to older TVs. Maybe there are others, but from my experience and knowledge on this subject, you get the benefits of features and fixes on the current model year, and this goes for most electronics. Smart phones and computers, sure, but not TVs.
I understand everything you are saying, but I think you are giving them a bit of a pass.
My simple argument is that the manufactures have it within their power to change how business is done in regards to older device support. It is not debatable whether it is possible or not, as we all know there are things they can
roll out to older sets.
For the price one pays, support for a few years after should be included, and expected, just like almost every other electronics company does it (outside of TV's). People are not asking for something that is out of the ordinary in regards to longer support cycles. As for developing and testing software, a good chunk of that is being done on these new sets already, and the older sets can support many of these new features, easily. LG does it with their phones, and they can do it with their TV's, they just choose not to. There is no way these 1-2 year old sets are too underpowered after a year or two to gain some of these software changes. Just like new phone models come out out every year, many of the software updates and improvements get passed on to older devices a few years back as well. I am just asking LG to do the same with their TV's.
Again, as I noted above, I understand some features cannot be supported due to real limitations in the hardware, but much of what many people are asking for are not crazy requests. It is not like I am asking them to magically make my HDMI ports 2.1, or to change my subpixel structure.
The reality is that LG just wants to sell new sets each year, and if the hardware has a small bump, the software changes have to be touted as the reason to upgrade...I get it, and I am all for capitalism, but practices like this come at a cost for the manufacture. People will stop buying. At least we still have choices when it comes to TV's.