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Please be aware that because of a little technicality called the Image Constraint Token (ICT), Apple may not offer 720p material for widescreen, but perhaps only 960x540p. That is, studios can invoke this tag to suppress any > 540p material from exiting component outputs, which Apple TV has. Called the "analog hole", see: http://broadcastengineering.com/mag/...cpr_redefined/ for more details. That is, although the QuickTime Pro 'Movie to Apple TV' setting...
This analogy is very apt. A large percentage of top echelon ballplayers equate to significant numbers of silicon valley names. Now it appears that Sarbanes-Oxley was even more effective than random drug testing to change the practice. But to criminalize ballplayers or CEOs for taking the advice of their trainers or lawyers (Sonsini in Mr. Jobs case) in an ex-post facto manner seems a bit much. Remember that the BALCO stuff was a designer drug that slipped through many...
Apple might have actually preferred the arrangement to enable encoding for everyone at a pre-negotiated flat rate (for a user base growing at 20-30%+ per year). However, perhaps MPEGLA and Fraunhofer never thought they could budge from a "per user" royalty arrangement. So Apple correctly demurred that only a tiny fraction (even now in the post-You Tube, post-iLife, and post video iPod era) of its user base ever does encoding, so why should they pay unnecessary encoding...
According to briefed Apple staff at Macworld, websurfing uses WiFi as the default, but "invisibly" switches to EDGE if you are not at a hotspot. The Skype call biz is a non-starter since the Applephone will not run third-party applications or widgets.
The other disconcerting thing is that (at least on the Macworld showroom floor) digital photos were getting squished to 720p [they used 1080p TVs with the Resolution tab set to 720p, and there were no other choices). For video, this is understandable, but plenty of folks want to use all 1920x1080 pixels on their high-priced HDTV for photo display. So for this "dot-for-dot" videophile market, the solution remains use of a Mini or Mac Book with Front Row (and requisite DVI...
Unfortunate. Also, don't forget (according to briefed Apple staff on the showroom floor) that photos are getting squished to 720 horizontal lines -- the fuzzification was obvious on the 40-42" (Sony) 1080p TVs there. If a photo buff wants to see all 1080 lines on a big-investment HDTV screen, use the DVI->HDMI cable solution from a modern MacBook (or MBP, or Mini) using Front Row.
of course not, with musical hits from: oscar peterson guy lombardo paul anka joni mitchell neil young gordon lightfoot leonard cohen ian & sylvia buffy sainte-marie steppenwolf celine dion bryan adams cowboy junkies barenaked ladies alanis morissette avril lavigne sarah mclachlan nelly furtado and video output from: christopher plummer william shatner pamela anderson donald sutherland dan aykroyd jim carrey keanu reeves not to mention alex trebek rich little art...
If courts were to adjudicate for Cisco in the States by awarding damages, years from now if ever, Apple would simply charge a similar amount for Cisco violating apple's iPhone mark in the U.K., Australasia, etc. It's best for Cisco to license for a token fee rather than give money to lawyers for uncertain return. As for Apple TV, see:
we all know that the current video iPod uses a broadcom 2722/2724 chip for H.264 decode. has broadcom yet updated this series to jam in 802.11? (running analog composite wires out the headphone jack is getting a bit old). i'm not worried about power since iPod -> iTV would bypass the decoder and use the battery for 802.11.
looks like my estimate when this thing broke in june/july was off by a little, but not the horrendous amounts bandied about by the fourth estate.
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