Upgradeable TV: Brilliant or Crazy?

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t.alex
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t.alex   1/16/2013 8:23:03 PM
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With the on-going trend of TV getting slimmer and bigger, for hardware upgrading, the only choice is upgrading the whole TV set. That is like you bring your whole set to the shop and change to a new modal (at a cost?). 

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Adeniji Kayode   1/14/2013 2:00:41 PM
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@anandvy, My concern is still on the hardware, will this be upgradeable easily just like the software? Moreover, is the upgrade going to be done by the consumer or will have to carry the tv to a workshop or something.

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anandvy   1/14/2013 3:08:11 AM
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A TV is is 90% hardware and may be 10 % software , and in today's world the hardware is becoming obsolete faster than the software.

@prabhakar_deosthali, I totally agree with you. I think one possible solution for this problem is to modularise the hardware so that even if we want to upgrade the hardware then we can remove certain part of the hardware and replace it with new upgrded hardware.


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anandvy   1/14/2013 2:56:03 AM
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Instead of buying a new TV every 6.7 years (Samsung's estimate), consumers would buy a small box (the Evolution Kit) attached to the set and accompanying software

@Barbara, thanks for the post. Upgradeable TV is a very interesting concept but what if the end user wants to upgrade from LCD to LED ? Is this possible to do hardware upgrade also ?

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t.alex   1/13/2013 8:31:49 PM
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Yep, if upgradeable TV introduces some new concepts such as upgradeable hardware, that would be cool. 

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Adeniji Kayode   1/11/2013 2:59:38 PM
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I really buy into your idea. That will also help to control e-waste to an extent.

No technolgy has really come to stay for ever, its keeps changing from time to time.

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Adeniji Kayode   1/11/2013 2:49:30 PM
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t.alex,

I got your idea. Electronics will continue to change and evolve each year with certain changes in functions and features from previous year model. Now, will I be using a new or upgraded software while the hardware remain the same and for how many years will the same hardware be upgradeable with the latest software.

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prabhakar_deosthali   1/11/2013 1:12:10 AM
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In my opinion, upgradable TV is a good idea but may not be a practical idea.  A TV is is 90% hardware and may be 10 % software , and in today's world the hardware is becoming obsolete faster than the software.  Just see how LCD technology is getting replaced by LED technology in just a couple of years.

 

In this scenario, I would prefer something like TVs given free by the service providers on a fixed service contract . This is like what is done for phones today.

At the end of the service contract the service provider will replace your TV by the latest model and a new service contract would be signed. The service provider will take care of the recycling of the old product.

I foresee such scenario happening soon.

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Cryptoman   1/10/2013 10:04:37 PM
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İ think t.alex has hit the nail on the head. Upgrading mentioned here is exclusively a software based process. A TV has more to it other than just clever software. The prime quality factor in a TV is the screen, which is hardware. Today we are chasing LED or OLED TVs. Can anybody guarantee that tomorrow a manufacturer will not come up with a better screen hardware? This cannot be warranted at all as it is fundamentally against the technological evolution that is never ending by definition. Therefore, upgradable TV is a good marketing strategy for a company but it definitely will have a short shelf life in my opinion.

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Barbara Jorgensen   1/10/2013 2:29:11 PM
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Another good point. Think of all the loyalty programs that could be developed by a manufacturer and even a content provider. This could really lead to a new business model. But as long as the end game is to sell as many units as possible--common to all consumer goods--there seems to be a downside for hardware suppliers/componetn makers.

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