You know, I really understand where you are coming from.
With all the advancements we have had with television moving towards streaming services and instant films and TV shows when we want it, sometimes it seems the TV companies have forgotten a bit about television itself. What I mean is, it sometimes seems to be a little too difficult to watch television on an actual television - where it belongs.
It's all very good connecting a computer to a TV set, running a wireless keyboard and all, but it is still a hassle compared to the comfort of a basic remote control. That's the true sofa friendly environment.
I also have a laptop permanently connected to my TV. I need it because some services are just not available on set-top boxes. But I loath the day when I have to switch to that setup. It really is just so much easier to use a proper device with the 10ft experience designed into it's function, and as its sole purpose.
For this reason I can understand your reluctance to use the new Clubcard TV. In fact, I will most likely not use it either much until it reaches other platforms... well, one I already have as I don't intend to buy one just for this service.
But it has nothing to do with the clubcard itself as I will hardly ever use it (a little hint here, I'm not even in the UK
) nor will I worry about spam emails as made sure none of those boxes were ticked. But when I sit down on my sofa, I just have one Harmony remote in my hand that controls everything, and it's not a wireless keyboard.
I really don't see the hassle of plugging a lead into a TV, not hard work for goodness sake and it turns the TV into a multi media centre and as Noise has a spare base unit it seems pointless letting it sit there going to waste?
It is another box under the TV, i already got a media centre, it is called the PS3, it does everything I want more or less, play music, video from my network drive, display pictures, netflix and also play blu-ray/DVD.
My PS3 I even got a remote for it, so I don't have to use the games controller.
I agree with ovbg, I also tried my laptop a while back, ok I could only use super video connector as my laptop is pretty old and don't have stuff like HDMI or DVI, while it was ok, it was a pain pulling the table to the TV and plugging the laptop in and setting it all up.
After a while I decided to try my old computer, that was better in that it could be left in place, by the way it needs two cables, three if you include the power. but switching it on and off meant I had to get on my hands and knees and stick my hand under the TV stand and feel for the computer switch. Ok I could have used something like a old door bell switch placed on top of the Tv unit to make it easier.
I admit the computer is not doing much at the moment.
Under my Tv i got enough boxes, PS3, Wii, 5.1 surround, which is going to be taken out of play as it is not that good, my router, VoIP box and phone base and a switcher box to change the PS3 from the 5.1 to my hi-fi.