What was Steve Jobs's vision for the future of TV?
Posted 19 October 2012 - 05:20 AM
Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:27 AM
Because hardware is the easy part. That's true of all Apple products, really. As beautiful and polished as iPhones, iPods, iPads, Apple TVs, and Macs are, they're just the boxes that the software comes in. Just windows into Apple's greater infrastructure.
It's the infrastructure that takes forever to get right. Especially if you need to do deals with deeply entrenched incumbents like the Comcasts of the world. It will take many years for Apple to remake TV in its own image. It won't happen "as soon as next year."
Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:49 AM
In the US, the carriers (Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, etc.) all throttle our access to content and high speed by 1) not offering truly high speeds at all, and 2) charging more than we can afford for the experience Apple is "solving".
Start one movie on a TV in the living room, then open another stream while you are cooking dinner, and then carry it into the bathroom so you don't miss the ending and you'll find you've eaten up your entire data allotment for the month.
The foolish paradigm that claims that it costs a company anything to carry bits across existing facilities is just an excuse to get more money from ignorant consumers.
Posted 19 October 2012 - 01:27 PM
Do you not have your devices connected to Wi-Fi in your home? Wi-Fi doesn't consume your data allowance, so I don't see how your scenario would "cost".
Posted 19 October 2012 - 05:12 PM
The only downside to this system is that content is limited, and it doesn't make money for cable companies (other than online ads, and I can live with that system) nor Apple. Apple who just recently stepped their band width vampire video delivery system up to full HD 1080p. Boo-frickity-hoo for them!
Posted 20 October 2012 - 03:23 AM
They haven't learned much from the fall of the music distribution industry. Hopefully, the content creators will soon get on with the new distribution model and by-pass the Comcasts of this world, like the musical artists started doing 10 years ago.
Posted 20 October 2012 - 06:43 AM
Posted 20 October 2012 - 01:05 PM
Posted 20 October 2012 - 08:03 PM
My guess is that Apple will develop a next generation hockey puck that will have expanded capabilities such as DVR and DVD Player. They could even develop an IR satellite device that would enable control of all the myriad devices (TV, cable box, DVD player, amplifier, etc.) from your iPad or iPhone. The beauty of this approach is that Apple could create a simple to use interface for all of these devices and not have to negotiate contracts with any of them! Siri will interpret your spoken commands and translate them into IR commands to the devices in your living room. In turn, the elegance of the software interface would drive adoption and drive sales of iPhones and iPads.
I don't know about you but my iPhone is already the indispensible tool that is with me at all times (well, almost always). It's only a matter of time before we'll be using it to control everything in our homes, including our TVs.
Posted 21 October 2012 - 06:10 AM
You obviously don't want anything in SD, but you can still opt to download in 720p, and if you purchased a show that downloaded in 1080p, you can go back and download it in 720 at no additional cost.
Posted 21 October 2012 - 08:39 PM
I guess you live in an area that doesn't have only one high-speed Internet provider that also caps your Internet bandwidth? Comcast, Time Warner, etc. are all putting caps on broadband, just like the cellular players. The cap is just higher at home than on mobile.
But I guarantee you'll find yourself pushing that limit if you live in a household that's tried to cut the cord and makes use of Apple, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and Vimeo streaming to several TV screens, PCs/Macs, etc. Add to it gaming on the latest consoles with downloadable content, and gaming on Mac/PC with downloadable systems like Steam and GOG. Never mind services like iCloud (with iOS backups and Documents in the Cloud), iTunes Match for Music, iTunes in the Cloud for purchases, and things like Dropbox also slinging bits all over the place. Suddenly that cap is real.
And you can bet if Apple was to come out with an Apple TV service as dreamed of in this article, that severely disrupted the cable companies, that monthly cap would shrink dramatically to stifle Apple's competition. Those same companies that provide our broadband also largely provide our cable and cable content.
So it's a tough nut to crack.