So imagine how my child’s babysitter feels when she wants to watch TV after putting the baby to sleep: it’s so bad that she’s often actually has to read a book instead.

and a little later:

The problem is that every company out there that’s addressing this opportunity, from Sony to Samsung to even Apple, is actually trying to solve the wrong problem. None of them are really asking how they can fix the living room problem. Rather, they’re focusing on establishing their brand in the living room, positing completely unrealistic scenarios in which a consumer buys only, say, Samsung-branded components (e.g., its absurdly useless WiseLink protocol) without acknowledging the reality that the components of most home theaters make for a decidedly heterogeneous world.

Does he ever hit the nail on the head with this analysis. As much as I would hate to see this happen, and really hate to have to pay for the cost of this, I think to solve the cluster-f*ck that is the living room we need something like an iMac for the living room. Meaning we need someone like Apple to build in all in one TV-Reciever-Speakers-DVD Player-Apple TV solution that requires just one cord (for power) and that is it. 42-inch excellence. That would give the home theater guys the kick in the ass that they need to get going.

Then again what do I know, I actually know how to use all six remotes that we have.

[via Shawn Blanc]

Posted by Ben Brooks