The whitelist was a huge, terrible mistake.
Was it Sony that decided which games were playable on the Vita TV?
Most of the Square-Enix PSP and PS1 games won't work in the EU, but they work in the US. I just want to to play Tactics Ogre on my TV, dammit!
The Vita TV was shitty at everything it did, what a shame, my biggest gripes:
1. Remote play with PS4 is absolutely horrible, I have a pretty beefy network, and use other streaming solutions like the Steam Link and nVidia shield, but the Vita TV lagged like hell, could never use it.
2. It completely messes up your folders in the Vita if you are transferring back and forth a card from a Vita to the Vita TV.
3. and of course, the restrictions on most games, I just starting assuming that the games I wanted to play on it dont work.
In the end, I think I played like 3 hours of Super Meat Boy on it and never came back, it was just a frustrating device to deal with
It doesn't work as well as you would like. I have been trying, oh have I been trying. I get better remote play on my vita, wireless, then I do on PSTV, wired or wireless. I work in IT and have tried almost everything. Nothing makes it work nicely.
This is a useless observation. There is merit to discussing whether or not a failed product capitalized fully on its potential.
My take on the TV is that Sony tried to get a toe-hold in a niche market but was leery of investing too much in the device. I don't know if the sub-HD output was as big a factor in its failure as others seem to think. Instead I think it was the lack of media support that buried it, at least in NA/Euro markets. The remote play and Vita/PSP game support are nice features, but the idea of selling a streaming device that doesn't support Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime at a minimum is crazy.
Update: Sony has provided a statement on the PlayStation TV. The device was discontinued in North America and Europe at the end of 2015.
The company says however that as of the end of February 2016, the micro-console is still in production in other territories. This includes Japan, and Sony has no announcements regarding when that might change.