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11-16-2012, 07:06 PM #1
Apple HDTV Release Not Imminent
Reports yesterday of Apple talking with cable operators about an “imminent” product launch may have mischaracterized the immediacy of Apple’s launch plans.
A reports today by All Things D confirms that Apple has indeed talked with large cable operators, but the launch is not imminent by any means. Jefferies and Co.’s James Kisner claimed only one major cable operator is still conducting tests to determine if it can handle the bandwidth to support the rumored device. This speculation somehow leads to a conclusion that an Apple HDTV launch is imminent.
All Things D, doesn’t agree with Jefferies assessment though.
“For starters, Apple has already steered analysts away from the notion that it will have something to say about a TV solution soon. More important: If Apple were close to launching a new service, it would almost certainly be in touch with TV programmers about new arrangements, and we haven’t heard anything along those lines.
In other words, there are still a lot of missing pieces here, and while a major cable provider running what-if scenarios on a rumored Apple product is certainly interesting, it’s not necessarily a trumpet fanfare announcing its imminent arrival.” —All Things D
Source: All Things D
11-16-2012, 07:25 PM #2
It wouldn't be a decent rumour if it wasn't misleading and irresponsible.
11-16-2012, 09:05 PM #3
11-17-2012, 01:57 AM #4
It would be nice if the cable providers would allow their customers the ability to view all channels even without leasing a cable box. TWC greatly limits what channels you can view on a TV without renting one. Savings from that one cable box would help with the idea of shelling out a lot of cash for an expensive iTV.
11-17-2012, 06:08 AM #5
No mod edit Sherlock
Last edited by 2k1; 11-27-2012 at 11:43 AM.
11-17-2012, 02:24 PM #6
11-17-2012, 03:33 PM #7
So basically stuff we already knew........
11-17-2012, 11:12 PM #8additional hardware is almost always required to view those extra channels because they are digital. not to mention features like the program guide, and VOD are only possible with these stb's. that is changing, as more tv's are released with QAM tuners and software built in, but until the systems are standardized and become the majority of devices on a cable company's network, set top boxes will be around to provide that functionality. cable companies didn't get together and conspire to create thousands of otherwise useless hardware units just to squeeze $5/ month from their users. the boxes are necessary to provide the services they offer for most customers. at least for the time being