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    The talk of "convergence" - the unification of computers, set-top boxes, and mobile devices - has been around for a while. And for the most part it's been pure vapor. However, there's reason to believe that if anyone can do it, it's Apple.

    There's an increasing crescendo of rumormongering - most of it emanating from Piper Jaffray research analyst Gene "Herman" Munster - of a new Apple TV release on September 9. You remember Apple TV, right? Everybody's favorite WTF? device has been sort of hanging around waiting for its killer app. iTunes downloads and Flickr galleries, obviously, were not it.

    Munster thinks the announcement will involve a DVR, which Dan Dilger from AppleInsider thinks would be a terrible idea. More interestingly, Munster has suggested a subscription on-demand service, like Hulu or Netflix.

    A tantalizing hint comes in Snow Leopard's support for HTTP Live Streaming, which does an end-run around closed formats like Real and Microsoft's ActiveX streaming. Like Shoutcast, it uses a simple HTTP stream, unlike RTSP streams which are often blocked by firewalls. It allows multiple versions of a clip, so both the high-speed home broadband users as well as the strap-hanger on a train with an iPhone who has only EDGE signal can watch the same video. And the open standard creates an opportunity for home-brew broadcasters to create and stream their own content.

    It's almost a sure thing that any Apple TV upgrade will include HTTP Live Streaming. If the engineers and marketing Jedi play this right, there could be a significant addition to the Mac/iPhone/iPod/Apple TV ecosystem that could make things very interesting.

    And I might even buy a TV set.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iTunes in the living room? Really this time? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      This is my work station I set up in the hotel I have been living out of...

      @ MBPs and a 42" Mac Mini
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ very nice
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Thanks, and congrats to this...
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Thanks but I still have cpjr ahead of me. He has me beat by 600 posts at the moment. I think I will catch him by next week
    1. Mophandleman's Avatar
      Mophandleman -
      Quote Originally Posted by dibxna View Post
      The only thing I can't seem to figure out is a way to have my itunes visualizer play on all tv's through the house. Anyone have any ideas how to accomplish this???

      Most bars have multiple TV's playing the same content. I'd imagine there is switch you can get that all your TV's can come back to, then your DVD and Mac etc... will all be in a little room with the switch and you can control it from there with a uiversal remote.

      I wish I was building my own house, It'd be great to have a blank canvas to create geek perfection.

      Quote Originally Posted by dibxna View Post
      I couldn't wait for this to be a reality so I was proactive. I went to the apple store and bought a mac mini along with the wireless keyboard and mouse... I hooked it up to my 55" samsung led 7100 series tv and I now have the sickest set up ever.

      I even took it a step dorkier... I have a laser light show and a fog machine set up...

      now when I throw parties, we have itunes visualizer on the tv... my music library on shuffle playing on 5.1 surround sound... and the danceclub becomes alive. ha!

      I have a similar set up... well without the lasers
      But I don't bother with the Wireless keyboard and mouse. The Airmouse on the iPhone is perfect for this. Like a remote for the Mac. Then use Apple Remote to control what's playing on iTunes, you don't have to be anywhere near the TV to see your playlist and select a song.

      If I ever get a chance to build my own house i'll run outta money before I even get past planning the entertainment system.
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      i never really considered getting, let alone fully look at an TV until i saw this.
      maybe when the new features get announced, IF there are new features, i would definitely consider getting one
    1. keatonec's Avatar
      keatonec -
      this is going to be a stupid question but on an apple tv can you hook up regular cable and satellite?