Philips disables smart TV functionality on Blu-ray and media players without prior notice

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Philips has disabled the smart TV features from Blu-ray players, media players and home theatre systems without prior notice, the German website Heise reports. The decision is made by Gibson who acquired the rights to use the Philips brand name on audio and video equipment in 2014. Further research from us shows that some apps can still be used with a workaround.

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#2

If the work is too hard, why not publish the source code, so that the free (as in freedom) and open source communities can maintain their own independent versions of the software? It just seems like common sense, since the the software that uses these services aren’t of much commercial value anyway. Let me guess: the software wasn’t developed in house: Philips/Gibson bought it from some third party that isn’t maintaining it anymore. Why no one develops anything in-house anymore is beyond me.