Sony Bravia TVs (2012): When Smart TV after 4 years no longer is so smart




Perhaps you read it in the last few days or are even affected themselves. Sony removed the YouTube app 50 Bravia Smart TVs from 2012. The reason is not because of the fact that the app is not developed, but that the TV probably not cope with YouTube’s new approach of encryption. For computationally intensive to this according to the BBC be. Sony itself announced that the changes exceed the possibilities of the TV sets. This is annoying, especially for users who then decided precisely for this reason for a smart TV from Sony.

Manufacturers present us so happy innovations, but often you miss the long-term nature of the considerations. Displays in many cross-linked products, which do not receive updates, and then, in the case of a security breach to the open barn door for attackers. Displays also in the smaller range when a wireless SD card suddenly only an SD card still is. Users novelties buy not for the moment, they buy them ideally for a longer life. In a TV that one does not exchange every year usually, the prolonged use may well mean 10 years or more once.

The manufacturer is not interested in old equipment but because with old equipment can not make any new money. And so it can then also be one that a smart TV after just four years no longer so smart is like at the beginning. Of course you can use the device on, but just not as originally planned that way.

The simplest solution is a set-top box, it is (almost): no matter how old he is connected display and how smart this would actually be. We had indeed already addressed in a survey . And it seems – to be so that users rely on anyway such boxes – at least among readers of our blog. Often even the simple reason that the Smart TV surfaces are designed so ugly and slow.

It seems nevertheless odd that manufacturers with so little forethought plan their devices. I do not think it is individual cases, when a TV is used even more than 4 years. Here will be a whole series (from 20 inches to 80 inches and more) castrated to a function that today is good form. Now no one will put his TV out the door because the YouTube app no ​​longer works (at least I hope), a bad aftertaste brings but, especially if you are faced with acquiring new equipment.

Why “What’s New” Buy when then no longer able to keep up after a short time? Who tells me that today bought TV in 5 years still working as in the beginning? About feature updates complained probably none, a removal of functions but should be avoided at all. It is not the first time that Smart TVs do so attention. In spring already lost a lot of the opportunity to use Skype. This affected his time Smart TVs from Samsung .

If you have 2012 bought a Sony Bravia TV, look nevertheless simply times in the list if your model is affected. If so, you disturb the – or use your anyway a set top box for such purposes?

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