Why is my TV so complicated to set up?

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Here’s how I started a recent Star-Ledger column: “Among your home gadgets and home electronics, what’s the most difficult one to set up and operate?”

What’s your pick? Your computer? Your smart phone? Maybe your camera?

I doubt it. I don’t know about you, but for me it’s the TV, and I know I’m not alone in this.

The recent Consumer Electronics Show had lots of TV-related announcements, but nothing to really transform the TV. In the column, I tried to tackle what’s wrong with today’s TVs. Among the problems? Too many remotes, expensive cable providers, and too many boxes (for a gaming machine, a DVD player, and so forth). I know there’s talk of Apple doing something about this, perhaps with a genuine Apple-branded television, but it’s a lot to tackle. Read my column.

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