Great Janitor: Again, let me repeat this, and I'm typing it slowly so you can read it, tablets are not going to kill the laptop, they are only going to be replaced by laptop users who don't need anything beyond surfing the internet and netflix. For everyone else, that is, the majority of the population, laptops are going to remain. Companies like Dell which decide to switch from laptops to tablets means nothing beyond that there is going to be one more tablet maker and one less laptop maker. That's it. And it doesn't mean that this is a shift from laptop to tablet. That means that Dell would rather take a slice from the pie that is the tablet market instead of taking a slice from both the laptop and tablet pie.
pdieten: Unless you're going to keep your videos on your iToy forever you're SOL. I can't believe Apple doesn't have a storage server in the works that will automatically slurp media off the iToys and stream them back.
WhippingBoy: If I drop a couple grand on a TV, I don't want it to be obsolete in a year or two because the "smart features" are obsolete.
meanmutton: wholedamnshow: I can't imagine the interface or anything of a smart TV being any better than my Roku. I get Netflix, HBO GO, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu Plus if I decided to sign up for it. I also use Pandora when I'm having a party and Epix if I wanna watch a more recent movie.What can a Smart TV do that my $80 Roku can't?Not cost you the extra $80, not require an extra plug in your powerstrip, not require one extra cable to your TV. It's basically a Roku built into the TV.
janeuner: I just set up a Viera E50 as a standalone media renderer in my family room. It replaced an LCD+HTPC setup.Once folk get a sense of the capabilities, TFA will be dead wrong. The Netflix/Amazon/Pandora apps get used daily, but those really aren't the hook. The sweetness of the deal is the DLNA client plus the availability of cheap, huge HDDs. One can use MakeMKV to get raw rips of their DVD/Bluray collection for immediate playback, then queue up Handbrake to compress them down to storage size (800mb for 480p DVDs, ~3GB for 1080p Bluray).But I'll admit; an XBMC client app for the TV would be effin sweet. I wonder if the legalese would bar such a thing from Panasonic's app store....?
Earpj: Hmm... I want to get one (once the kids get the x-box out of my living room) for Netflix. Do they do Netflix ok?
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