Circa 2011, I bought a new TV. big one with all the fancy "smart TV"\nstuff like built-in Netflix app etc.\n\nI also got a Sony Blue Ray, which also has many apps.\n\n\nThe Sharp TV no longer gets any software updates, and I think I lost the\nYOutube app on it (not 100% sure there was ever one though).\n\nA couple of weeks ago, a Canadian documentary about 2 journalists out to\ninterview the leader of North Korea became available on YouTube.\nUnfortunatly, you could only get the HD version on "current" YouTube\n*apps*, not via the web.\n\nI am not about to replace a perfectly good TV just to get more modern\nsoftware on it. The solution ? turn the TV into a dumb monitor and put a\n"box" in front of it with upgreadable software and apps in it.\n\n\nUnless Sony/Samsung/LG/Sharp start to build TVs whose software can be\nupgraded in the long term, I am starting to see a future for devices\nsuch as Apple TV which provide the upgreadable Smart TV functions once\nthe TV's own have become outdated.\n\nApple may be that patient cat, waiting without a single move for the\nright time to pounce.\n\nWhen I originally got the Sharp TV, I saw no reason for me to ever buy\nan Apple TV box. Now I do. (or some other box since Apple's tend to be\nproprietary).\n\nApple will need to add a built-in OTA tuner though. If i am to turn my\nTV into a monitor, I want to ditch its remote control and have the TV\nfundtions controlled entirely by the box.