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2013-04-05 03:52:30 AM
Weirdly, I must be well ahead of the game - I can completely control my television with one finger - on the remote control that came with it. Same with the cable TV box, sound system, stereo. Yay, I am a future boy.......
 
2013-04-05 04:15:36 AM

colinspooky: Weirdly, I must be well ahead of the game - I can completely control my television with one finger - on the remote control that came with it. Same with the cable TV box, sound system, stereo. Yay, I am a future boy.......


I don't see the appeal either. I haven't seen the Apple commercials, but Samsung has been hitting the airwaves with similar technology. Some guy speaks into his remote control and then waves his hands around.

Sorry, Samsung, I will never buy any of your products again. I have a Samsung TV and a Blu-Ray player and while the picture is okay, the shiatty software that controls it sucks ass. The BluRay player has lost all of its features. It wants to upgrade itself, but it fails. That's fine - I only wanted to use it for Netflix and to watch discs. Oh, I can't watch Netflix anymore through it? Fark you Samsung. Oh, you don't like the discs I put in? Fark you more Samsung.

And the TV keeps reprogramming itself. I don't understand why and I'm recently reviewed the manual, but there's nothing mentioned there about it. Just this morning I had all my "favorite" channels programmed and Samsung decided to remove a few of them and it's constantly adding channels that don't exist.

Most people have satellite or cable so they keep their TV tuned to channel 3, but I don't. I actually tune channels in and WTF is channel 8-127? It doesn't exist! It wasn't there yesterday. Why is it there now? And channel 2-2? Well, that does exist and was on my favorites, but now it's not? Fark you Samsung.
 
2013-04-05 08:28:06 AM
This is not going to work well for [insert ethnic group who talk with their hands]
 
2013-04-05 08:36:01 AM
Yeah, none of that is happening.
 
2013-04-05 08:36:45 AM
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2013-04-05 08:39:41 AM

Happy Hours: Samsung has been hitting the airwaves with similar technology. Some guy speaks into his remote control and then waves his hands around.


Yep, I've got one of those.  Turned off all those nonsense features on the first day.

The voice activation was particularly irritating because I'm using the TV for video only, and audio is coming out of a hifi system, so the TV, not knowing what sounds to ignore, constantly thought the TV show I was watching was trying to talk to it.  Argh.

To Samsung's credit, the handwaving seems to sort of work, but it's honestly a lot more effort than just using a remote control (and makes a person look like an utter fool or a Minority Report wannabe).  I really don't see people wanting to wear a fasion accessory to accomplish the same with Apple's TV.
 
2013-04-05 09:16:45 AM

Radak: Happy Hours: Samsung has been hitting the airwaves with similar technology. Some guy speaks into his remote control and then waves his hands around.

Yep, I've got one of those.  Turned off all those nonsense features on the first day.

The voice activation was particularly irritating because I'm using the TV for video only, and audio is coming out of a hifi system, so the TV, not knowing what sounds to ignore, constantly thought the TV show I was watching was trying to talk to it.  Argh.

To Samsung's credit, the handwaving seems to sort of work, but it's honestly a lot more effort than just using a remote control (and makes a person look like an utter fool or a Minority Report wannabe).  I really don't see people wanting to wear a fasion accessory to accomplish the same with Apple's TV.


Sounds about right for Samsung. Probably an awesome picture, but crappy software. And you spent too much for it? I spent too much for mine anyway. ~ $500 for a 32" LCD. Would not buy again.

That was a few years ago - I don't have any of that fancy hand-waving stuff, but the remote works fine.
 
2013-04-05 09:21:27 AM
They're 4 days late publishing this or any AppleTV news...
 
2013-04-05 09:26:58 AM
a) Try fitting a 60 inch screen in a standard UK terraced house. It's like sitting in the front row at the cinema.

b) Good luck calling them "iTV" here given that it's the name of the alternative network to the BBC and has been around for almost 60 years. I don't think they'll be giving up that name in a hurry.
 
2013-04-05 09:30:15 AM

Happy Hours: Sounds about right for Samsung. Probably an awesome picture, but crappy software. And you spent too much for it? I spent too much for mine anyway. ~ $500 for a 32" LCD. Would not buy again.


I live in Finland.  Overpriced doesn't begin to describe it.  I've been exposed to electronics prices here long enough that when I read the article about the Apple TV and saw the price, my reaction was "well that's not so bad".

As for my Samsung, you are correct.  It's a LED and the picture quality is great.  The software is awful, but that doesn't affect me much.  I suffered through the software long enough to tune the picture properly and it has just one HDMI going into it.  All input selection, audio controls, etc., are done via the Denon receiver/amp on the other end of that cable, and although the Denon's software is ugly, it's functional, and I'll take function over beauty almost any day.  In fact, that explains a lot about my husband.
 
2013-04-05 09:32:18 AM
So, if I don't watch Fox News or the Kardashians, there's no reason to buy one?
 
2013-04-05 09:45:55 AM
Finally, a solution to a problem nobody had.
 
2013-04-05 09:48:12 AM
Wait for the upsell... the iCockRingTM for controlling the porn streaming onto your AppleTV.
Maybe I should grab that trademark if it's not already taken...
 
2013-04-05 10:01:57 AM
Happy Hours: ........Fark you Samsung.

I've had 3 Samsung HDTVs and a Blu-Ray player and have had none of the issues you describe.  I'll agree their interface is clunky, but the pictures are great and even OTA tuner works well.  As far as the Blu-Ray player, the issue I have there isn't with the player, but the machinations it has to go through to get by the DRM. Keeping it plugged in to my network solves that issue, but it is constantly having to update itself to play recent releases.
 
2013-04-05 10:13:32 AM

Radak: Happy Hours: Sounds about right for Samsung. Probably an awesome picture, but crappy software. And you spent too much for it? I spent too much for mine anyway. ~ $500 for a 32" LCD. Would not buy again.

I live in Finland.  Overpriced doesn't begin to describe it.  I've been exposed to electronics prices here long enough that when I read the article about the Apple TV and saw the price, my reaction was "well that's not so bad".

As for my Samsung, you are correct.  It's a LED and the picture quality is great.  The software is awful, but that doesn't affect me much.  I suffered through the software long enough to tune the picture properly and it has just one HDMI going into it.  All input selection, audio controls, etc., are done via the Denon receiver/amp on the other end of that cable, and although the Denon's software is ugly, it's functional, and I'll take function over beauty almost any day.  In fact, that explains a lot about my husband.


I have a Samsung 55" 8000 series, and I've got things set up similarly, where the Smart TV is basically acting as a dumb monitor because all of my external boxes do the tasks better (even the hand waving thing is covered with my Kinect). I actually got a pretty good deal on it ($1850 at Amazon in late 2011 with the nice Silhouette 3D glasses included) and I love the picture quality, but I would love it if I could have saved a few bucks and just gotten a TV with the same high quality panel but no frills (basically a big assed monitor).
 
2013-04-05 10:16:25 AM
I don't want to wave my arms around or talk to my TV to make it work. I've been in public restrooms and dealt with voice automated phone systems. I have no faith in either system. What makes them think people don't want to use remotes? All te buttons are there, they're usually laid out in an intuitive setup, and you don't accidentally make the wrong gesture aor say the wrong word and turn the TV off in the middle of a live show.

Really, remotes are fine.
 
2013-04-05 10:16:43 AM
I think subby meant to say 'MSNBC.' You're welcome.
 
2013-04-05 10:20:55 AM

Happy Hours: Sounds about right for Samsung. Probably an awesome picture, but crappy software. And you spent too much for it? I spent too much for mine anyway. ~ $500 for a 32" LCD. Would not buy again.


I like my Samsung TV, but I have to agree that the software is shiat. I have all of these presets that don't allow me to change certain settings, and no "custom" one that lets me change them all, so I might get the picture aspect ratio correct, but then I can't tweak color temp and set individual level for the RGB channels. The most annoying thing is the fact that, try as I might, I can't get the picture to format quite right, no matter what. As a result, if I'm watching something with a scene in a foreign language, the subtitles are cut off, or if I'm watching a football game, the ticker at the bottom is cut off. I get screen position adjustments, but those don't work, I get aspect ratio settings, but those don't quite work. It really sucks. Otherwise, the TV is great, and the price couldn't be beat.
 
2013-04-05 10:21:52 AM

Radak: The voice activation was particularly irritating because I'm using the TV for video only, and audio is coming out of a hifi system, so the TV, not knowing what sounds to ignore, constantly thought the TV show I was watching was trying to talk to it. Argh.


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2013-04-05 10:25:04 AM

Radak: Happy Hours: Sounds about right for Samsung. Probably an awesome picture, but crappy software. And you spent too much for it? I spent too much for mine anyway. ~ $500 for a 32" LCD. Would not buy again.

I live in Finland.  Overpriced doesn't begin to describe it.  I've been exposed to electronics prices here long enough that when I read the article about the Apple TV and saw the price, my reaction was "well that's not so bad".

As for my Samsung, you are correct.  It's a LED and the picture quality is great.  The software is awful, but that doesn't affect me much.  I suffered through the software long enough to tune the picture properly and it has just one HDMI going into it.  All input selection, audio controls, etc., are done via the Denon receiver/amp on the other end of that cable, and although the Denon's software is ugly, it's functional, and I'll take function over beauty almost any day.  In fact, that explains a lot about my husband.


Thanks, you made me smile, especially that last couple sentences..

StrikitRich: I've had 3 Samsung HDTVs and a Blu-Ray player and have had none of the issues you describe.  I'll agree their interface is clunky, but the pictures are great and even OTA tuner works well.  As far as the Blu-Ray player, the issue I have there isn't with the player, but the machinations it has to go through to get by the DRM. Keeping it plugged in to my network solves that issue, but it is constantly having to update itself to play recent releases.


Maybe I just bought bad models. The picture is great - I have no complaints about that,but everything else just sucks.

I even got into an online chat with their customer service about my BluRay player once. Well, that was impressive that I could get support online, so points to Samsung WRT that, but after about an hour they told me I should ship it to them because they decided it was defective and I declined. It still played most discs and Netflix even though all the other features were defunct. It still updates its firmware, but if I go into the Apps menu, it will get stuck trying to download/install new stuff. Oddly enough the only time that worked was when they removed the Blockbuster App. Go figure. They can make it work when they want to remove options. I never used the Blockbuster App anyway.

Now I have a Roku - that works great.
 
2013-04-05 10:29:41 AM
Should I point out that this announcement didn't come from Apple? This is just another stupid speculation article.
 
2013-04-05 10:35:28 AM

GameSprocket: Should I point out that this announcement didn't come from Apple? This is just another stupid speculation article.


Not only that, it's a "research analyst" employed by Topeka Capital Markets, a trading firm. Basically, "Oh man you guys, the new Apple TV is going to be 7 shades of awesome! You should really buy a lot of Apple stock right now to get in on this!"
 
2013-04-05 10:48:03 AM

Happy Hours: Sorry, Samsung, I will never buy any of your products again.


^^^^
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^^^^

Samsung has gone into Sony sucking territory.
 
2013-04-05 11:15:09 AM
New Apple TV can be controlled by waving one finger. Perfect for watching Fox News MSNBC or the Kardashians Conan.


FTFY
 
2013-04-05 11:26:43 AM
I didn't even pay $500 for my new hi def tv. I can't imagine paying that much more for an Apple or Google TV. I must not be watching the right thing to justify those prices.
 
2013-04-05 11:30:33 AM

Happy Hours: colinspooky: Weirdly, I must be well ahead of the game - I can completely control my television with one finger - on the remote control that came with it. Same with the cable TV box, sound system, stereo. Yay, I am a future boy.......

I don't see the appeal either. I haven't seen the Apple commercials, but Samsung has been hitting the airwaves with similar technology. Some guy speaks into his remote control and then waves his hands around.

Sorry, Samsung, I will never buy any of your products again. I have a Samsung TV and a Blu-Ray player and while the picture is okay, the shiatty software that controls it sucks ass. The BluRay player has lost all of its features. It wants to upgrade itself, but it fails. That's fine - I only wanted to use it for Netflix and to watch discs. Oh, I can't watch Netflix anymore through it? Fark you Samsung. Oh, you don't like the discs I put in? Fark you more Samsung.

And the TV keeps reprogramming itself. I don't understand why and I'm recently reviewed the manual, but there's nothing mentioned there about it. Just this morning I had all my "favorite" channels programmed and Samsung decided to remove a few of them and it's constantly adding channels that don't exist.

Most people have satellite or cable so they keep their TV tuned to channel 3, but I don't. I actually tune channels in and WTF is channel 8-127? It doesn't exist! It wasn't there yesterday. Why is it there now? And channel 2-2? Well, that does exist and was on my favorites, but now it's not? Fark you Samsung.


Yeah its a user problem, not a product problem. Ours works just great and never have an issue updating and if it does just down load to a flash drive then it extracts everything on its own.

User problem.
 
2013-04-05 11:49:37 AM
I'm so glad Apple finally invented the TV!! They were first, and they were best. Screw the haters.
 
2013-04-05 11:51:14 AM
Has anyone else pointed out that I might not use my finger (if you know what I mean)?
 
2013-04-05 12:56:48 PM

steamingpile: Happy Hours: colinspooky: Weirdly, I must be well ahead of the game - I can completely control my television with one finger - on the remote control that came with it. Same with the cable TV box, sound system, stereo. Yay, I am a future boy.......

I don't see the appeal either. I haven't seen the Apple commercials, but Samsung has been hitting the airwaves with similar technology. Some guy speaks into his remote control and then waves his hands around.

Sorry, Samsung, I will never buy any of your products again. I have a Samsung TV and a Blu-Ray player and while the picture is okay, the shiatty software that controls it sucks ass. The BluRay player has lost all of its features. It wants to upgrade itself, but it fails. That's fine - I only wanted to use it for Netflix and to watch discs. Oh, I can't watch Netflix anymore through it? Fark you Samsung. Oh, you don't like the discs I put in? Fark you more Samsung.

And the TV keeps reprogramming itself. I don't understand why and I'm recently reviewed the manual, but there's nothing mentioned there about it. Just this morning I had all my "favorite" channels programmed and Samsung decided to remove a few of them and it's constantly adding channels that don't exist.

Most people have satellite or cable so they keep their TV tuned to channel 3, but I don't. I actually tune channels in and WTF is channel 8-127? It doesn't exist! It wasn't there yesterday. Why is it there now? And channel 2-2? Well, that does exist and was on my favorites, but now it's not? Fark you Samsung.

Yeah its a user problem, not a product problem. Ours works just great and never have an issue updating and if it does just down load to a flash drive then it extracts everything on its own.

User problem.


I can see where your name came from.
 
2013-04-05 02:02:05 PM
Man, what if I am fapping to porn?  Can we turn this technology off?
 
2013-04-05 02:42:51 PM
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This is how you change the channel to Maury Povich.
 
2013-04-05 02:54:09 PM
Mikey1969:As a result, if I'm watching something with a scene in a foreign language, the subtitles are cut off, or if I'm watching a football game, the ticker at the bottom is cut off. I get screen position adjustments, but those don't work, I get aspect ratio settings, but those don't quite work. It really sucks. Otherwise, the TV is great, and the price couldn't be beat.

Then it's likely your cable or satellite tuner output that requires the adjustment.
 
2013-04-05 05:43:58 PM
The finger is the appropriate gesture to give 99% of the crap on TV.
 
2013-04-05 09:11:29 PM
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2013-04-06 06:17:11 PM
I always said they would get an earful from me if they ever went interactive. Now maybe all they'll get is a finger.

You now the one I mean. The one that has its own book: Field Guide to the North American Bird.

There can be only one.
 
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