Imagining an Apple television
Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:29 PM
Exactly. We have been trained, since birth, to deal with the big ugly mess that is the home TV viewing experience. And that extensive training is the only reason we can tolerate it. People used horses for daily transportation for millennia. The manure and occasional dead horse in the street was all part of the deal.
The rats nest of cables. 50-button remotes. 3- and 4-digit channel numbers. The pain of on-screen keyboards. The indifference of satellite and cable TV customer service. It's clumsy, ugly, complex, and it stinks. But, because we know no other way, we deal with it and we like it. And this is why asking people what they would like in an Apple television set is like asking a mid-19th century commuter what they want in personal transportation.
"If I'd asked customers what they wanted, they'd have said 'A faster horse.' "
- Henry Ford
Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:24 PM
IF we get an Apple TV it will be super thin, have limited I/O, some type of iOS interface that is tied to the iTunes Store, ... which will not be the right match for the average tech consumer, who won't buy it because it won't be compatible with all the legacy gear we want to connect and who can't afford it because they already paid a decent amount for the flat screen(s) TV they already have, their iPhones, iPads, ...
That said, I'm more than ready for a shift in cable viewing and delivery. I hate the big companies' tiered pricing; local monopolies; .... Cable companies are cutting the analog cord and are looking to mandate Digital Cable Adapters per TV as they are seeking to encrypt EVERYTHING. They've been asking the FCC to cut lift the clear-QAM must-carry of local channels; claiming cable theft, maintenance cost, ... as reasons for the "improvement". Never mind all the downsides of obsolete gear, box per tv wiring hassle, extra remote, extra cost per digital cable adapter each month, ...
I was going to link to an older article and just saw that the FCC actually has ruled to allow basic cable encryption ?!
Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:07 PM
I recently tore down an old analog A/V system and replaced it with one centered on a digital receiver and HDTV; I was able to eliminate a significant number of cables but it's still a bit of a rat's nest. Thunderbird sounds great as a solution if it doesn't succumb the way FireWire did.
Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:07 PM
Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:22 PM
I agree. In our case that is for the most part due to what is on TV. Even good content is severely chopped up with commercials, so every 5 to 7 minutes you get a break for several minutes. Average content, and even the news, only requires your visual attention at the most important moments, for the rest you can listen in. Many times a family member wants to watch something where they like you to share the couch (like right now ) but the content is 75% interesting to her and 25% to me, so I wing it with a laptop or a tablet. Now, some would consider this rude and I certainly understand that point. However this is only for some content, at certain times, and the same happens the other way around, where a book is read, a game is played, ... etc. When we watch great content as in documentaries, movies, or a tv series through netflix, dvd, blu-ray; where we are not interrupted every few minutes for several minutes; then the electronics are stowed away.
Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:34 PM
Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:08 AM
Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:12 AM
I agree that they'll surely want to have an iTunes type interface connected and synced to all your other Apple devices (desk tops, lap tops, and mobile).
To make it look and feel so cool all of it will be managed by the ultimate control device - our voices.
Siri is going to play a big roll in this and I hope they get it right the first time.
We can hardly wait.
P.S. Its been said many times but the best cable management is no cables at all!
Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:42 AM
If apple really wanted to get ahead of the curve they should start negotiating with HBO, ShowTime, SyFy, History, A&E, etc. and takes all of us where we would really like to go; to cafeteria style provider that charges for just the channels you want. Most people probably watch the same 10-12 channels/networks - so why pay for 200?
That would set the Apple TV apart and most likely have other TV manufactures Paying to include the system in their TVs
Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:48 PM
50% of the country watches sports almost exclusively. The other half almost never watch sports.Brings to mind why we pay so much for bundles that include sports programming when we want to watch movies, and vice-versal.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:18 AM