Originally Posted by anantksundaram
This tells me that 2011 is going to be the year of AppleTV, much the same way that 2010 is already the year of the iPad. I recall Apple saying similar things about the market for tablets, netbooks and such, just a little over a year ago......
I hope so. I just got one & love it, but the only thing I believe holding it back is actually shortcomings on Apple's part & not that it's time is not quite ready.
First, they need to do is add the feature into iTunes to rip your existing DVDs (likely they would have to provide some sort of DRM with this feature).
Second, either provide a subscription service to iTunes similar to that of netfilx or blockbuster, or partner with one of those 2 companies to get their services into the AppleTV.
Third, lower the cost of their movies by at least 2 or 3 dollars. I find is especially appalling that they will charge more for an HD movie in 720p/24fps than you can get a blue-ray disc from Amazon!
Fourth, They need to take the AppleTV from 720p/24fps to 1080p/30fps (preferably 60fps) Though practically speaking not many people will want to have a huge honkin 1080p vid taking up all their drive space, specs & capabilities make a big difference when enthusiasts go buying. They'd be surprised I think how many people shy away from the ApppleTV simply because it maxes out at 720p, even when they may not even own a TV capable of more.
Fifth, add some features that set it appart! let it run apps from the apps store, give it iChat & sell an add-on camera! These things would also expand the niche to small businesses looking for a video conferencing solution for their work that would be significantly cheaper than the offerings found from companies like cisco.
Apple needs some new vision, I just don't think they are continuing to think big enough. They are incredible innovators, yet they seem to still be casting visions of 5 years past. The iPad was just a re-realization of the newton.