Originally Posted by success
That's ridiculous. Canada is the second largest nation in the world behind Russia. You can ask most people about world geography and elicit a correct answer. The US public education system is notorious and unfortunately there may be truth to the conspiracy that it is purposely being dismantled by the powers that be in order to keep the citizens out of the loop and disinformed.
What do those countries have to do with a Europe and the US' comparison with the whole of Canada and Russia. For example, most of Canada is situated near a US border for a reason. If youeliminate the empty midwest you get a fairly decent comparison of area and density, though Europe has a much denser, but all that just reinforces my previous point about how it's typically easier for Europeans to experience other cultures more frequently and more thoroughly than Americans. That doesn't even get into the social, economic, and political issues that keep the heavily focused on the US, for better or for worse.
Originally Posted by mark2005
Do you think the next AppleTV will actually include a TV, I mean, a display and tuner? If Apple was going to jump into displays, then 2008-2009 was the perfect time, as everyone was transitioning to digital HDTVs. But they let it pass.
I think Apple is thinking big about the home entertainment device but it's not clear yet how to get around the content-cable TV-DVD complex. Netflix, Redbox, Hulu, Boxee, Vudu, Apple, torrents and the like are chipping away but a piece to cause the complex to crumble hasn't yet been revealed.
The cable companies have the inside track, and it's interesting to see what they're trying. I have FIOS and my daughter just tried out the Twitter widget that Verizon has been advertising. It took her forever to type a tweet; from her response after, I don't think she'll be trying that again much in the future.
I never though the TV idea was sound. What sizes do they choose? What about small ones for bedroom or guest rooms or RVs or whatever? Even an inch too big or small could make a buyer go with a different HDTV in a pre-built cabinet. That isn't even going into the type of TV tech used, like LCD or Plasma, or the fact that the margins tend to be thin.
Hooking up an appliance via HDMI is simple. The best I think Apple could do is to get a partner to have a special setup that the AppleTV connects to with a special button on the remote for the AppleTV and a much more seamless switch without the rigmarole of going through each input method until you find the right one. HP tried something like that but it didn't seem to take off and I don't know if they still have that option for their TVs.
Vimeo is now pushing internet TVs with a lot of social aspects to them. I have a feeling they will be poor options, but you never know. They really need to something good soon or else they could loose that market for a long time since the living room isn't something people tend to upgrade often. Isn't in about 6 years between TVs on average?