The Next TV in Your Home Will Not Be Smart But a Dummy

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Smart TVs have been talked about for years. Two years ago I was at the Consumer Electronics Show where it was the latest and greatest home entertainment device being showcased. Look at how many apps you can have on your TV! You can read emails on a 50 inch HDTV. Don’t you want to post to Twitter on your flat screen? Not really. That’s what my phone or tablet is for.

While the idea of TVs being smart sounds revolutionary, the future of your home’s TV situation is actually going to be the exact opposite. The next TV you buy will be dumb. Really dumb.

Look at the back of your home’s TV or inside the cabinet or stand it sits on and count the number of ports it has and devices connected to it. Look at how many remotes you have or how many buttons are on that universal remote. Chances are it’s a bit overwhelming and the last thing you want is more options on your remote. While in the past the idea of adding more devices to your home’s TV was desirable, there’s a shift taking place to simplify the home entertainment experience while also making it better.

That device in your pocket or purse is the only remote your home needs. Think about it. It’s way easier to type on your smartphone than using a TV remote to search for a show. It’s also simpler to navigate menus, switch between apps and just simpler to use than your home’s HDTV menu and remote. When are phones are getting infinitely smarter do we really need our TVs to be smart too? Not really. What we need is for our TVs to talk to our phones. That’s it.

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