Apple previews iTV home theater playback box
Posted 12 September 2006 - 03:57 PM
There is one major missing feature with this product - no DVR. It seems that no matter how much time goes by Apple is still ignoring the full scope of the digital device market that they could cater to with the digital hub concept. Things such as:
- A digital camcorder, iPod-style.
- A digital camera, iPod-style.
- A Mac media-center PC.
Here Apple has introduced an interesting, but crippled product. Without even just an Apple DVR, let alone working with Tivo to add Tivo functionality, Apple caters only to the pay-for-content market. The product would be immensely more appealing if it had a Tivo DVR in it, not to mention that Apple could instantly market the device to Tivo customers. Heck, for just under $700 million, Apple could buy Tivo and give all new Tivo customers the new capabilities of iTV.
But alas, Apple has iPod-blindness, it seems to ignore all market opportunities, but for those that make iTMS and the iPod succeed, when Apple's "iPod treatment" would make so many other digital appliances so much easier and more enjoyable to use, not to mention open up so many new people to the Mac and how much better it is than a PC.
Posted 12 September 2006 - 04:07 PM
Is it really going to stream video over 802.11g? I thought that would require UWB.
Just to be nit-picky, you don't need a flat-screen TV, any TV with the right inputs should work.
Posted 12 September 2006 - 04:15 PM
I personally think the iTV "thing" was the best announcement. Maybe it will be "MacTV" and possibly followed--or preceded--by MacTV Pro"? Anyway, it was the best because even though there were other disappointing aspects to the movie sales, it wouldn't have mattered how awesome the downloadables were (they could have been full-rez, uncompressed studio masters) if you could only watch them on your computer, or on a video iPod. Providing a way to watch all the stuff people buy on their TV is huge.
Of course, you can hook directly up to the TV and use Front Row (if you have it), or hook your video ipod up to the TV..but the iTV would be a smoother solution. Much more convenient, and also a better connection than the iPod does.
As for only catering to the pay-to-watch crowd, I think it's fine. Sure a DVR would be nice. But it would also be nice if EVERY SHOW was available for download. That way I wouldn't even need to think in advance about what I want. I could just go "hmm, I missed (such and such)" I will just buy the episode for a few bucks. Over time, it would be more than a DVR (not including subscription fees) but I think it would be a lot more convenient. It's certainly a service that SOMEONE should offer. Why not Apple?
Posted 12 September 2006 - 04:18 PM