Lenovo rumored to enter the Smart TV segment
Smart TVs aka Internet connected TVs are on the rise since a while. The current Smart TV generation from Samsung, LG, Sony and others are already quite mature and easy to use. For a background on Smart TVs read this report. As Smart TVs become more like computers, the PC industry takes notice.
Digitimes reports that Lenovo is supposedly preparing a Smart TV line that they would sell through their PC retail channel. I assume Lenovo will focus on small screen type TVs and not compete with the established TV companies on the mid-size to large TV segments.
The first Lenovo Smart TVs could arrive in the 2nd half of 2011.
My main problem so far with Smart TVs is how quickly they get outdated. Today's Smart TV platforms at least support apps and firmware upgrades. The first connected TVs got outdated really fast as development of Smart TV features like VOD, web browsing and social communication moved ahead. Today you can rent a movie on Netflix, surf the web make a Skype call, install apps and more on your Smart TV. The early connected TVs only let you surf to a small set of sites and offered some predefined info channels. Today's Smart TV platforms are much more robust, but I do not think development will slow down.