If one thing was clear at CES 2013, it was that Smart features on top-of-the line TVs had advanced substantially over those found on last year’s models.
Screen interfaces now sport multiple panels and customization capabilities to make them more useful and less cluttered. Voice and gesture control have been improved to the point where you might actually want to use those features in place of a standard-issue remote. And synchronized “second-screen” applications for browsing content and program guide data on a tablet or phone and “throwing” it to the TV for instantaneous viewing are now widely available and easy to get up and running.
I had the opportunity to serve as the moderator of a panel at CES called The Latest and Greatest in Smart TV, which included reps from Panasonic, LG, DirecTV, and Skype. While the general consensus seemed to be that TVs have now moved well beyond the merely “connected” state, the question lingered as to whether users are taking advantage of all the cool new features on offer — and whether or not manufacturers should offer them at all. Click this link to watch the panel discussion in its entirety.
Some key points to emerge from the panel:
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