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In the UK market anyway, all the makers of internet-enabled TVs are bundling in "apps" that allows the TV to view the watch-again content of the various broadcasters - BBC iPlayer, Channel 4 on Demand etc. Pretty well every TV has built-in free-to-air Digital Terrestrial Receivers; some have Satellite Receivers and associated slots for Conditional Access. If an Apple HDTV didn't support this national content, it would be dead in the water. Paying to rent programs on...
Other way around with The Apprentice. It was a US show originally (with Donald Trump) and was then sold to other countries. The creator, Mark Burnett, is a Brit living in the US.
Its unlikely there will ever be standardisation... there is a similar variation in the STB market as there is with mobile phones... the majority being cheap, dumb boxes. Once a box is out there, it will be left there for years until it stops working or the customer wants new functionality that needs a new box (like HD or a PVR). In addition to the STB hardware manufacturers, there is another set of competitors for STB conditional access software from vendors like NDS and...
Excellent post. There's a lot of very US-centric views of the world here... but if you think it is complicated in the US, just wait until you look everywhere else with a plethora of satellite, cable, IPTV and terrestrial broadcasters, manufacturers, TV standards and local regulations. "balkanised" doesn't even come close to describing how fragmented things are. A reason why there is no global dominant STB supplier is the high degree of customisation they all do for...
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