I’m in the process of testing some smart TVs – the kind that connect to the internet and run various apps, such as YouTube and Netflix – which is funny because I just finished reviewing a bunch of media streaming devices, including the Roku XS and Apple TV.
As the thinking goes, the one category is supposed to kill the other. With TVs increasingly connecting to internet apps, smartphones and tablets, there won’t be a need for extra, dedicated devices for much longer, right?
I’m not so sure. I recently wrote about how converged devices such as smartphones might be creating demand for optimized gadgets in the vein of cameras, gaming systems and e-readers. I’m of a growing mind that media streamers might qualify for this trend as well. Read the rest of this entry »