Making TVs smart is a three-part series that looks at why smart TVs have failed to take off — and what needs to happen for these devices to realize their vast potential. You can read part one here and part three here.
There’s nothing like first-hand experience. Two years ago, I decided to take matters into my own hand and build a smart TV app for GigaOM. I spent some sleepless nights scripting, mocked up a rudimentary user interface, and soon had a working prototype of a GigaOM TV app for the Boxee Box.
But before I was able to put the finishing touches on the app, Boxee switched its scripting language from its own flavor of XML to HTML5, making my app look outdated. Then it switched from the Boxee Box to its second-generation Boxee TV device, which wasn’t capable of running my app at all…
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