Xbox 360: Will It Replace Your Cable Box, or Will Television Replace It All?There was a time when a television was strictly for the displaying of an image. The television was capable of receiving an image either by an over-the-air signal, a cable connection, satellite, VCR, DVD, Blu-ray player, gaming console, or other device such as a Roku or TiVo. For the past several years, it appeared that the Xbox 360 may have replaced most devices, but that thinking may be starting to change.

For anyone who has recently purchased a new HDTV, you may have noticed the addition of several features that you may not have used in the past with your older television display box. The first thing you might notice is the addition of more connection ports. Most newer television sets have inputs that include, but are not limited to:

  • An RF (Radio Frequency) connector to receive TV signals from an analog cable or antenna
  • Composite video, which is an older, but still very frequently used analog connector on the LCD TV
  • S-Video, which is another very frequently used connector on the LCD TV
  • The component video connectors, which are three jacks colored green, blue, and red, and often marked as Y, Pb, and Pr respectively on LCD TV
  • A D-Sub connector, which is a standard, 15-pin computer monitor connector that carries an analog RGB (Red, Green, Blue) signal
  • The HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) connector, which is a digital and audio connector

There are other connectors such as DVI and IEEE 1394 that you may see on older television sets, but my point is this: Today’s television is more than the old rabbit ears, TV box of yesteryear and has taken on a multi-purpose position in our home entertainment life. In addition, I believe that tomorrow’s television could actually upset the entire industry by becoming the go-to standard device for all of our streaming needs.

Many of today’s console gaming units have additional features such as the ability to play games, stream content, and play back DVD/Blu-ray movies. Some have claimed that Microsoft has been trying to make the Xbox 360 the go-to device for home entertainment users. One can cite a number of reports that predict the future abilities of the Xbox 360 (or other future model) to incorporate more features that could potentially replace the DVD or Blu-ray player, streaming units such as Roku, or even the streaming of content from Hulu or Netflix.

So could future televisions feature everything we see today and incorporate everything into one single unit? The fact is that this is possible, but highly unlikely anytime soon. Think about it this way: Most television manufacturers also make DVD players, Blu-ray Players, entertainment home audio systems, and other consumer home entertainment devices. Why would they want to incorporate all of their devices into one single device, no matter what that device may be?

In addition, I am one of those who likes having separate devices in my home. If my gaming console fails, I can still watch television via DirecTV. If my DirecTV box fails, I can still watch movies on my Blu-ray player or play games on my console. But if my television fails, nothing works. I believe that this is what may limit television as becoming an all-in-one device.

This is just my take on the future of the television manufacturing industry. What do you think?

Comments, as always, are welcome.

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Source: Popular Mechanics