In a previous blog post I mentioned the issues I was having with my new Sony Smart TV.
After getting a response from BBC iPlayer on the Twitter.
@jamesclay Hi James. We've been in touch with Sony and they think they have fixed the issue. Would you be able to try again?
— BBC iPlayer (@BBCiPlayer) August 26, 2014
I checked the TV to find my UK apps were back.
It was apparent that the problem was not with the TV in itself, but with the services provided by Sony. It does demonstrate the reliance that these kinds of devices have on external services. If the decision is made to switch them off, there is very little that the end consumer can do to stop this from happening. Additionally the closed nature of these devices means that you can’t (or if you can not easily) add these services back.