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From: Ian Montgomerie
Subject: Re: Open Source Consumer Products
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 22:27:38 -0800
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On Wed, 20 Nov 2002 10:28:52 +0100, "Geraldo S."
>> >Or CD player? Or TV set?
>Because it would be future proof and infinitely upgradeable, extendable and
>customizable. A software change and I can watch European TV programs.
>Another software change and I can tap into the MPEG2 stream directly and
>ooze it towards my HD recorder. Another SW change and I can accomodate a new
>EPG (Electronic Program Guide) format. And the list goes on and on.
Watch "European" (PAL) TV? Not unless the hardware is already capable
of PAL output or transcoding... in which case the software that came
with the TV is most likely to support it already. New program guides
and other software? Joe consumer is not going to pay extra for a TV
just because it has extra writable memory that some hobbyist might
want to use for something.
>> Upgradable to what? Do you actually want RAM, Processor, and hard
>> drive space to be a concern on your TV? Do you want the OS to matter?
>Many people upgrade their computers' SW without even knowing what they're
>doing so why not with appliances. If it will endow their appliances with new
>capabillities most people are willing to stick in a CD or cable and push a
>button to reprogram it, I'm sure of that.
Most people are not willing to buy a TV that has upgradability (==
extra price), because there's not much upgrading you can do.
Cost is king in consumer electronics. Throwing in lots of features
and expandability which, in reality, very few people use is a recipe
for the death of a product. During the internet boom, people tried
selling Internet-enabled consumer electronics, set top boxes with 3D
graphics, etc. They were undercut by cheaper devices that supported
the most important features and nothing extra. Entire product lines
went nowhere and entire companies folded.
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