Re: Its pass the book time.
Nigel, your points are very valid, however the manufacturers are selling these as "Smart Tvs". You-tube, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon video were and are part of the marketing in stores POS, in media ads and also even on the boxes.
The slow loss of such services after just a couple of years, just because the manufacture won't update the firmware, is worse than crappy behaviour, especially as the services still exist. If they're only going to support a models firmware for 1- or 2-3 years they should have to declare it, just like a food manufacturer has to put a best before or use by date on its products. Either that, or open source it once its obsolete, and make it possible to easily update.