Posted by Eric Huang on October 19, 2010
Next Year I’m buying a 3D TV. Assuming I make it to next year. I’m hoping to pick one up for less than $1500 just so I can watch Toy Story 3 in 3D. Really.
My search on Amazon yielded about 27 different models from LG, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony. All of them had at least 1, and most had 2 USB ports.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what I’ve been saying for a few years: The USB ports will be used for WiFi.
If you look at the Samsung TVs, they advertise a Samsung WIS09ABGN LinkStick Wireless LAN Adapter. Seen below. Plug this in, to connect your TV to your WiFi and the world.
You can eliminate the Ethernet to the back of your TV. In my mind this is good because:
1) Who wants to run another cable to your TV
2) It eliminates the need for Ethernet on the TV, lowering the BOM (Bill of Materials) for the TV. In my opinion, if you are shipping a gazillion TVs, even if this 10 cents, you save 10% of a gazillion dollars.
3) Who needs Ethernet?
4) You can have multiple USB ports and use the same software hardware infrastructure with USB.
5) USB is cool.