Today's shiny new Smart TV = Tomorrow's dated set you're already wanting to replace
"This means my [several weeks old] list is already out of date and whatever I buy now will be incompatible, non-upgradable tat by the time it gets delivered."
Implying that even a shiny new, (currently) up-to-date smart TV will be in the same boat very, very soon. Bearing in mind the author's apparent horror of tech that *isn't* bang up-to-date, why does he want something that'll be shiny and friend-impressing for a brief period, and then annoyingly out-of-date for the much longer remainder of its life?
I thought the geeks' take on Smart TV was that most weren't all that "smart", didn't do what they did that well, were locked in to manufacturers' favoured proprietary services and peripherals, and (as the article implies) generally didn't get much in the way of manufacturers' upgrades, thus rendering the "smart" parts cheesily dated tat within a couple of years even if the display was fine. This last bit suiting the manufacturers who would rather sell you a new TV.
I've heard it said it makes a lot more sense to get a no-frills, high-quality TV and use (easily replaceable) external boxes for all the "smart" stuff- probably doing it better than the Smart TVs themselves would have.
Obviously not so good for margins-squeezed TV manufacturers who wanted to grab back some profit and differentiation via the Smart TV functionality, but that's business...