As far as I can remember, televisions have been remarkably simple things. You switch them on, you get a picture. You can change the channel, watch other stuff but a TV is as simple as it gets in terms of technology. Not any more it would seem.
When I switched it on earlier tonight during the England/Germany football match, my TV petulantly said it needed to download an upgrade. From what, I don’t know – does it have a secret wi-fi connection I don’t know about? Where does it get the data from?
More importantly, while it was downloading, it wouldn’t be able to show me a picture. Which is the raison d’etre of a TV, after all. A TV without a picture is a useless TV. You’d think it’d still be able to provide one whilst downloading data.
Still, ten minutes later, the update was done and … I’ve not seen anything different about the TV at all.
Wait till I’ve forumlated my opinions about the BT Vision box – but so far, it seems like an overtly complicated attempt to do a Freeview recorder. Plus it’s a lot slower than the Freeview decoder on my main TV.