When they said LG/gram were working on a Smart TV, I thought cool - I like LG and I love webOS...
But reality is a set top box is a better way to go. It cost much less to enter into than buying a whole new TV.
I still think my vision of what the TV should do is not altered by transferring the effort to a set top box... (See: LG smartTV with webOS Open
The push is to make each device do more, behave more like other devices around it.
Why shouldn't a web browser be built in? Why not use synergy to sync contacts, emails, etc.? Heck, who's to say you don't need a calculator on your TV?
Why not get Open Source fully integrated on it just like a desktop or tablet?
LunaCE cards and gestures make a natural UI for mixing Apps and Channels. It's like Picture in Picture, but not limited
to channels only.
The big draw with Roku set top is the ability to add internet fueled channels ported over by developers.
Roku style channels + webOS Desktop fully functional... Why skimp on either side?