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08-22-2010, 03:42 PM #1
Will iOS-Based iTV Really "Change Everything?"
Kevin Rose, founder of Digg, claims in a new blog post that the still-rumored iTV set top box will revolutionize the way people watch TV. As he put it, the next generation Apple TV will “change everything.” Basing his information on what he claims are sources inside Apple, Rose described the device, saying it will be launched next month and will sell for $99.
Echoing reports from other supposed leaks, the blog post predicts "a la carte" TV stations, created by content producers like ABC and NBC as apps. Rose sees a marketplace emerging for these apps alongside video sharing apps and games. Using Apple's iAds rather than regular commercial breaks, Rose says this "will eventually destroy the television side of the cable and satellite industry, as your only requirement to access these on-demand stations will be an internet connection." So your broadband service would, in his view, replace your cable subscription and allow you to "say goodbye to your monthly cable bill."
He also sees opportunities for picture and video sharing using the iTV, noting that "at $99 your parents, grandparents, and friends will have one of the set top boxes." With one-click picture and video sharing from an iOS device, Rose hypothesizes features like "notification of new family videos the next time you turn on your TV," saying that his "mom will love this feature."
Rose claims that the iPad "will be the preferred input device for the iTV," calling it "a big, [bad] remote control." Though the idea of a $499 (or more) remote for a $99 set top box may be a little hard to swallow, Rose imagines features like "editing videos, control[ling] games," as well as other innovative interactive TV functionality such as "watching monday night football on the TV while viewing/exploring other camera angles on the iPad." This leaves open the question of how to use a touch OS on a TV screen: unless Apple is really going to require an iOS device to operate it, you'd need a laser pointer or something similar.
The iTV will supposedly be based in the same hardware found on the iPhone 4, with an A4 CPU and 16GB of flash. All content would be streamed as the device will not have local storage. Rose says the device is expected to be introduced in mid-September "and be priced around $99."
08-22-2010, 03:53 PM #2
Radio will kill Newspapers and Magazines-didn't happen.
TV will kill Movie Theatre's-didn't happen.
VCR's will kill Movie Theatre's-didn't happen.
DVD's will kill Movie Theatre's-didn't happen
The Internet will kill Satellite, Cable, VCR's, DVD's, Blu-Ray and Movie Theatre'-didn't happen.
Apple TV will kill Cable and Satellite-WON'T happen.
These guys live in another world, seriously.
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08-22-2010, 03:58 PM #3
08-22-2010, 03:59 PM #4
The internet sured killed alot of those things in my house. I dont eer watch a DVD anymore..I ususally stream it from Netflix or download it online and watch it. Internet has killed alot of things and I will definetly be looking into this when it comes out next month.
08-22-2010, 04:08 PM #5
So tv stations are gonna be apps????? Not all networks are going to be making apps for their network, we have flow tv for that
08-22-2010, 04:14 PM #6Probably Another Waste Of Money
As I live in the UK iTV does not really bother me. However, If like everything else that Apple (Steve Jobs) creates it will probably have untold restrictions placed upon it and will only deliver what the dictator says and allows. I know several people that bought the iPad thinking it was going to be the be all and end all only to find out after purchase it did little more than Face book, Twitter and iBooks. Even the iPhone4 does not funtion properly yet (if ever)
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08-22-2010, 04:18 PM #7
Well since the it will need the internet and The fastest and most reliable internet comes from the cable companies ... FAIL !!!
08-22-2010, 04:27 PM #8
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How is this going to replace Cable when you can't even get porn on iOS? It's not going to happen.
08-22-2010, 04:28 PM #9
"The iTV will supposedly be based in the same hardware found on the iPhone 4, with an A4 CPU and 16GB of flash. All content would be streamed as the device will not have local storage."
So I guess 16GB of flash doesn't count as local storage?
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08-22-2010, 04:29 PM #10
I'm really looking forward for this to come out. If it foes everything rose says then I would expect a huge change as many people have apple devices and would want this as a plus to their "Mac-life". This should be interesting (:
08-22-2010, 04:29 PM #11
What tends to happen is that these reports overstate what a first gen Apple product can do. I mean in terms of if this thing is going to use iOS it will basically be a first gen attempt. I think Rose is a little delusional with his guess as to what a next gen Apple TV will be.
Don't get me wrong, I love my iPhone but have been increasingly unimpressed with App Store apps. All they are, is a bunch of lists based around a bottom bar and top bar GUI. Not exactly revolutionary in my mind. Just a mobile way to show content from the web. I put a much higher price on some of my desktop applications than I ever would on any App Store temporary application fix. But that is just my thinking I guess.
Last edited by southfrisco; 08-22-2010 at 04:31 PM. Reason: Added an explanation on iTV first gen"To unpathed waters, undreamed shores." -- William Shakespeare
08-22-2010, 04:32 PM #12
If I can do what I currently can do with Plex or XBMC, I would seriously cosider this. Cheaper than buying MacMinis
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08-22-2010, 04:41 PM #13
will be interesting to see at a 99 dollar price tag a lot more accessible to everyone
08-22-2010, 04:48 PM #14
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08-22-2010, 04:50 PM #15
I can't wait for the set top box to be jailbroken
Pirate tv station apps.....
08-22-2010, 05:06 PM #16
I'm sure that U-verse and Fios will have something similar to compete (or possibly overshadow) iTV.
08-22-2010, 05:07 PM #17
Some things did change
Some things did change... I don't go to blockbuster I rent direct through Apple TV, haven't bought a CD in years however I buy my music at the Apple store.... It just might work if the price is competitive. Imagine traveling somewhere and be able to take your favourite shows or stations with you. I don't need 600 stations from sat or cable if I only watch a few shows on a couple of stations. If Apple can make it simple and price competitive they could change the way you watch TV..
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08-22-2010, 05:19 PM #19
If you're a techie, there's a lot of other options (I use XBMC on an old Xbox and a WD TV Live, myself) for getting streamed/downloaded content to display on your TV without Apple's format limitations. For everybody else, I'm sure their DVR and/or BluRay player's "on demand" feature is good enough and they see the Apple TV as a solution in search of a problem.
Blockbuster also has $20 unlimited one-out-at-a-time rentals in a lot of markets. Of course, that's not magical or revolutionary.
08-22-2010, 05:20 PM #20