TVs Might Be Next Target for PC Crapware

Studios eyeing plasma screens for junk that's similar to what litters new PC screens.


In a chilling forecast, Gartner analyst Allen Weiner suggests TVs might start coming with the same kind of crapware that we now get on new computers. His fears are stoked by word that GE will preload its new TVs with content from NBC and its subsidiaries.

Yes, it's like turning on your PC to find myriad cheery icons offering free trials of AOL (sorry, couldn't resist), Microsoft Office or Quicken.So now we face a future where the next valuable virtual real estate could be on your plasma screen.