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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/10/2017 1:10:57 AM
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Re: Smart console wars
Sure, I think several form factors for devices will continue to exist and even multiply-- but I think we'll start to see consolidation of user interfaces. The difference between iOS and macOS is shrinking-- and maybe with improving recognition interfaces, we'll just be using more gestures and voice controls.

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dcawrey
dcawrey
12/9/2017 10:17:50 PM
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Re: Smart console wars
I'm not totally sure we're going to see a convergence like that. 

The idea of merging all devices into one device to beat them all has never materialized. I think we'll see a lot of form factors instead, actually. 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/8/2017 6:22:51 PM
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Re: Smart console wars
Laptops are going to merge with phones someday. Chromebooks are already running Android apps. Apple is expected to turn iPads into laptops too. The future of macOS is uncertain as iOS becomes more powerful and capable of replacing macOS completely.

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dcawrey
dcawrey
12/8/2017 5:38:38 PM
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Re: Smart console wars
This new generation of streaming means people need to have devices to connect. Just viewing on a laptop is not good enough anymore. Streaming devices I think are a huge opportunity in media to generate revenue. 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/8/2017 11:29:53 AM
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Re: Smart console wars
It's also fascinating to me how TiVo has lost out to along these devices. TiVo used to have the best UI for video surfing, but now it's just another DVR console among a vast array of dongles and consoles.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
12/8/2017 10:58:05 AM
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Re: Smart console wars
Actually the Roku stick is pretty competitive--and many of the subsequent improvements by Apple, in my view, were in response to ROKU.   It will be interesting to see how that battle works its' out--Apple & Amazon, remember, are also knee deep in the content business too.....

 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/8/2017 10:55:48 AM
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Re: Smart console wars
I haven't tried the Roku yet, but I assume it's closer to the smooth Apple TV experience since it's a bit pricier than the Fire TV or Chromecast. You get what you pay for (oftentimes). Surprisingly, I'm not impressed by the Xbox interface either -- and Msft keeps changing it slightly, but that only makes the experience somewhat jarring since you can never really rely on consistently being able to navigate menus the same way. The Xbox also annoyingly updates automatically so there's no way to try to maintain a familiar interface.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
12/8/2017 9:41:52 AM
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Re: Smart console wars
I find that intersting that  you note how FireTV is not "Polished"--I would argue that of all the three major "streaming devices", they're pretty much up to par...but if I want to grade one higher, I'd say it is ROKU.   But that's just me....

Onward to the w-end.

 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/8/2017 9:09:32 AM
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Re: Smart console wars
Yes when it comes to TV dongles like Chromecast or FireTV -- I doubt anyone cares what the hardware looks like. And the performance of these smart TV dongles is pretty much indistinguishable. So it's software UI and content. Amazon's Fire TV seems a bit less polished than Chromecast, because it's probably a bit less developed. But if Alexa gets better, then maybe Chromecast's polish doesn't matter.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
12/8/2017 12:35:22 AM
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Re: Smart console wars
I have had both units and both have been great--the hardware is the hardware--the key is content right now--right?

 

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