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Contributed by Hemos on Mon Jan 12 at 8:38AM EST
From the not-quite-ready dept
Compaq said today that they will
be exiting the
PC-TV home theatre arena, due to high prices, and not much consumer
response. So far, this area has been dominanted, if that word can be used,
by GW2K's Destination Systems, but this has not proven to be the money
maker that computer makers were looking for.
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Mon Jan 12 at 10:05AM EST
|The problem with this "technology" is that our modern
TV's really make lousy monitors, even from across the
room. It doesn't matter if you have a 13" or a 32" - the
problem is you're still limited to 640x480 resolution.
Sure, this is great for games that work at that or 320x240
resolution, but that's about all. WebTV. Ha, now that's
funny. Ever see the web on a TV?|
PC-TV's, the worst of both worlds.
Mon Jan 12 at 10:46AM EST
|The biggest factors to why PC-TV's never took off
- Price. These sets are usually riduculously
overpriced and require you to buy really special
machines to hook into your stereo.
I could go
out now, buy a $130 radio-controlled keyboard/mouse,
a $99 SVGA->NTSC converter, slap it on my
Linux box, fiddle with all the Xresources (the one
thing that's kept me from doing this) and voilla, a
- Windows95. I can't imagine Windows95 being
a stable platform for being an "appliance". PC-TV
is basically sold like an appliance.
- Utility. There is basically no real utility
to having a PC-TV other than making the remote-control
even more complicated. People have enough problems
programming the clock on their VCR. Writing your
term paper on your TV is resoudingly dumb. Surfing
the Internet or playing MP3's is about all the PC-TV
will be used for.
I have seen WebTV, and I was impressed,
but the product is a false path, you can make your
current desktop computer do the same thing with
about $230 of hardware. And the best thing about
that is, when you're sick of it, you can convert
your PC-TV back into a PC.
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