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Connected TV
By TechUniverse
Computers and televisions have finally gotten together, and their offspring is just taking their baby steps out into the market. The big news at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year was Connected TV (aka Smart TV or Internet TV). So what is it, and why should you care? According to gadget guru Eric Schlissel -- owner and CEO of, an IT services and tech-support company based in Los Angeles -- the next generation of TVs will offer the same functionality as the Roku player or Apple TV box, built into the television: “With these TVs, you also get onscreen widgets, just like those on your PC or phone,” says Schissel. “They can update the local weather, give you baseball scores or serve up the Euro/Dollar exchange rates,” says Schlissel. “In some cases, the television will come with a built-in Web browser and a keyboard.” The good news is that the next TV you buy will probably already have a lot of these bells and whistles. “It’s going to become standard, because the cost to the manufacturers is next to nothing to build these features in.” The bad news is that you’re going to be paying a premium for them. If you head down to your local electronics store right now, the kid on the sales floor will be able to show you a bunch of Internet-connectable TVs with the usual major players standing out from the crowd. LG and Samsung are offering their own versions of Smart TV, and the Sony product has Google TV integrated directly into the unit. Read More

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