An explosion of competing platforms, constantly changing standards and rapidly evolving device generations are some of the challenges faced by application developers for smart TVs, writes Janko Roettgers, who tried developing a Boxee app as an experiment. "Makers of TV sets had hoped that app stores would give them a whole new revenue stream, comparable to the income Google and Apple see with their mobile platforms. So far, that revenue hasn’t materialized — and with no money on the table, independent developers have also stayed away," Roettgers writes.

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