Re: Just trying to protect their balliwick
Apple is really the only vendor that pushes it's own exclusive ecosystem and suffers from NIH syndrome. Most other vendors at least try to be more flexible. Although ARM hardware will only let you do so much.
Most other video appliances are closer to an HTPC that is MORE compatible rather than less.
Playing video formats from across the pond is a good example of this.
DRM is a problem but most other services are hardware agnostic.