No support for smart TV apps from CE manufacturers

According to the Consumentenbond, buyers of new TV sets are looking for apps during the decision process. Three-quarters of the buyers expect the apps to run as long as the TV set functions. Some 9% already experienced disappearing apps, including RTL XL and YouTube. The union said CE manufacturers should take their responsibility and offer continued support for its apps. In a statement, the union said “The evasive attitude of the TV manufacturers is very disappointing. We would like to see them take more responsibility for long-term availability of all the apps that are installed on the TV at the time of purchase. And in particular the apps with which they advertise actively. We are also pf the opinion that TV manufacturers should communicate this clearly in their advertising.” – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News