Videocon unveiled a range of Windows 10-based LED TVs at the very end of October, 2015, in New Delhi, India. Starting at Rs. 39990 (e.g., 39,990 Indian Rupees) for the 32” model, equivalent to $611.42 in the current U.S. market; and Rs. 52,990 for the 40” model, this unveiling has been met with some excitement about the future of hybrid TVs. Windows 10 TVs are expected to hit the market as soon as the next month in November of 2015, but only in India for the time being.
The demand from consumers to create and consolidate technologies has been realized in the form of a Windows 10 TV, which would be the world’s first Windows hybrid TV & PC. The Head of Technology and Innovation at Videocon, Akshay Dhoot, has stated that they have only launched 32” and 40” models which are popular in the consumer segment. Depending on the feedback from the consumers, critics, and tech companies, if the response is good, they are ready to launch sizes of 55”, 65”, and 24”.
The Windows 10 TV
The Windows 10 TV has a full HD Display, 16 GB of internal memory that can be expanded via microSD card, 2 GB of DDR3 RAM, MHL interface for connecting mobile devices and tablets and charging them, HDMI ports and Wi-Fi built in. Android has already made an introduction to the television market, but Windows is sure they can provide a dependable product in these new TVs. With the popularity of streaming services, On Demand streaming, satellite television, and other Wi-Fi enabled apps found on Wi-Fi connected flat screens, the norm is now integrated technology.
The interesting feature about a Windows 10 TV is that it can also work as a personal computer. With size no longer an issue, Videocon’s “One Touch PC, One Touch TV,” comes equipped with Microsoft Office, Windows Store, and All Cast app by Android so users can cast streaming media from mobile devices easily. This integration means that no matter what the size, large or small, these Windows 10 TVs will essentially be an all-in-one touchscreen PC, powered by Intel processors. And in an instant, the user can twitch from this touchscreen capable PC to a regular, but more high-tech Windows 10 television.
This integration of television and computers have been in the making for a while now, and it was only a matter of time before someone took a chance in developing a more integrated TV. We have had Smart TVs that are Wi-Fi enabled applications able to connect to streaming services and social media via the internet, but to turn the television itself into a PC rather than a vessel capable of connecting to one—that’s a huge leap in the world of technology. The great thing about this development, is that the hardware to power Windows is not really expensive. For example, the quad-core Compute Stick retails on the market for only $149.00, and as more apps and games are streamed from the internet, the need for a large amount of storage space locally, diminishes significantly. Think of it as storing in the “Cloud” rather than on-board in a PC or electronic device.
Videocon has finally bridged the gap between quasi-computerized televisions and their mobile or streaming connecting device needed for it to work, with a full-blown integration of PC and TV. With this new and innovative release, Windows 10 can be experienced by more users in an innovative, new way. The user can easily switch between Windows 10 PC and a Windows 10 TV. Should the reception go well in India, and global releases are launched, living rooms everywhere may have the option of containing a work and entertainment hub who’s TV is inter-connected with smartphones, PCs, tablets, and all Windows technology. It is not likely that Indian electronics manufacturer, Videocon’s, Windows 10 TVs will make their way to the U.S., but manufacturers in the U.S. and around the globe, including the most popular, trusted, and capable, may consider developing their own Windows 10 smart TVs.
This could be significant on many levels. A new market would form, television would change forever, as would home entertainment. In addition to the “fun” parts of this development, such as Xbox One streaming capabilities for those gamers (the Xbox users would have to be on the same network but could be on different screens), and watching films and TV shows via streaming services; users would suddenly have the ability to access their apps and data from anywhere there is a Windows 10 TV.
Think about the countless times in class or at work when you were getting ready for a presentation. Your set-up included likely included inserting a thumb/flash drive, tethering your laptop to a desktop/projector, or opening your presentation file from an online storage cloud or email. But with this new integration, any Windows 10 TV could be turned into your computer—by logging into your Microsoft account and retrieving your information from any of these TV/PCs. And to finish, simply log-off. And with Windows 10’s security features of print and face recognition as password options, it would be interesting to see if security too, would be safer, accessing information from public Windows 10 televisions.
In the coming months, we shall see if Videocon’s televisions take off amongst consumers. Hopefully, manufacturers will take an interest in this idea and begin creating better versions and selling them on the global market to see how they fare. In the end, consumer and critic reviews in India as well as unveilings among other companies, will all depend on whether the Windows 10 TV will ever reach our shores and expand into homes across the world.