Apple is yet to confirm the existence of plans to enter the connected HDTV market, but just the mere thought of Apple doing so is apparently enough to freak out other makers of so-called smart TVs.
The latest talk surfacing in a new Digitimes report indicates that a number of prominent TV makers are "taking no chances" with Apple's rumored plans. And, as a result, a number of these key TV makers are ganging up and forming a "smart TV alliance."
One source admits that the alliances are forming almost exclusively because of "Apple's influence in the market." The concerned manufacturers are worried that Apple will similarly dominate the smart TV market, just as the company has cleaned house in the mobile space.
The alliance-forming TV makers are researching and developing smart TV concepts that will have similar functions as Samsung Electronics' but will still need a lot of time before models start hitting stores, added the sources.