Originally Posted by eightzero
I can't disagree that there are many devices out there that have potential. Lotta things to choose from, but other than the "gee that might be cool" factor, very little of it appears to me. I like my AppleTV, and it has features I use. But...my life doesn't revolve around a TV. I know there are people with lives like that, and maybe they are interested. Great, enjoy.
AppleTV replaced my need to buy and rent Blu-Ray discs for HD content. With fast enough broadband, I can start watching movies in the cloud. And the iTunes content I've purchased doesn't require physical media and shelf space. It exists in the cloud, so I don't need to manage hundreds of gigabytes of HD video files on my Mac.
Everyone thinks the next logical step are "apps" or games on TV. Yes, let's put apps on everything, because we're all fresh out of ideas. And because OUYA has done so well (sarcasm). The fact that tinkerers and geeks love a cheap, open Android set top game gadget does not mean the general consumer cares about "open" or "hackable."
What's laughable is that people with absolutely no idea how to design a useful, purposeful device wants to turn put an app store behind everything with a screen. Watch? Add apps. Car stereo? Add apps. TV? Add apps. Eyeglasses with a micro screen? Add apps. How about refrigerators with screens? Sure: why not add apps. I'm serious: why not? That's the future, man! SDKs for toasters! Apple's falling behind!