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2013-07-19 10:09:49 AM

bingethinker: OhioUGrad: machoprogrammer: Im shocked apple hasn't invented the watch, like they invented the smartphone, mp3 player, tv, etc...

What is the appeal of Apple TV over other alternatives?

A fruity logo and a sense of smugness.

I feel pretty smug that I don't go around parroting lame propaganda like these two tools.


Nah, you go around parroting entirely different lame propaganda.
 
2013-07-19 06:06:44 PM

thornhill: At  the end of the day how will it be anything different than an LED/LCD TV with a built in Apple TV box? The fact that it hasn't happened yet after so many years of speculations seems to verify this.


I suspect they won't release any such thing until they have any answer to that question. They could just stop selling the AppleTV and try to get people to buy a TV with one baked in, as they'd make more money per unit, but IMHO the AppleTV doesn't offer enough unique value to make that product a winner -- they could sell a few, but it would never be something you see in every home.

With the decline of desktop computers (to mobile and portable systems) there's some opportunity to be had in being the new "always on" appliance in people's lives; thus far that movement has been largely Internet-based, but there's room for in-home devices as well, particularly if they can integrate with existing online services to improve them in some way.

So the answer could be something like "the TV is your server" -- wherein the TV actually holds and distributes your media to other devices, or lets you pop a blu-ray in the TV and watch it on your iPad, or integrates different online content providers (so you can find media without knowing who currently owns distribution rights for it), or does pre-caching for movies you rent, or maybe even dull things like "shared user accounts" and "wireless phone backups" and "shared calendars" that are old hat in corporate networks but few have at home. And of course there are home-automation opportunities that are neither complicated nor expensive if you assume there's a real computer that's always on to control them.

Apple has put out a number of products along the lines of bringing network and appliance services to home users. Time Machine, AppleTV, even their various AirPort base stations (with AirPlay and whatnot). If they can figure out a way to wrap all of those into an appliance that has a central role in most people's lives, and get to tap into the high-end TV market as part of the process, there's money to be had.

But in general I agree -- it's unlikely Apple is going to put out a big, expensive TV with that's got nothing more to offer than a baked-in Roku.
 
2013-07-19 07:08:04 PM

thornhill: I doubt there is ever going to be an Apple branded TV. At  the end of the day how will it be anything different than an LED/LCD TV with a built in Apple TV box? The fact that it hasn't happened yet after so many years of speculations seems to verify this.

I'd think it would make more sense to beaf up the Apple TV's capabilities to compete with Roku and Blu-ray players that stream video, as well as offer more video content in iTunes store.


And if there is, who would buy it?  Apple would have to charge $7,000 per 55" TV to maintain their margins.
 
2013-07-19 10:18:46 PM

HeartBurnKid: bingethinker: OhioUGrad: machoprogrammer: Im shocked apple hasn't invented the watch, like they invented the smartphone, mp3 player, tv, etc...

What is the appeal of Apple TV over other alternatives?

A fruity logo and a sense of smugness.

I feel pretty smug that I don't go around parroting lame propaganda like these two tools.

Nah, you go around parroting entirely different lame propaganda.


Oh snap! That would be pretty funny if it was true.
 
2013-07-19 11:14:41 PM

HeartBurnKid: I thought that's what the OUYA was for.


Yeah... erm... perhaps if they'd of spent more than 50p on the case.  It looks horribly tacky.
 
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