Originally Posted by solipsism
There is that rumour of a $99 TV floating around. .
Consumers do not perceive a 3" device as a television. And a large screen HDTV cannot sell for $99, let's get real. Consumer expectations in regards to CE pricing has really gotten out of hand. We should expect to pay higher prices in the future as the dollar drops and the Chinese labor market demands to be treated better.
Most consumer electronics companies are very low margin. Apple does not want to play in that space. And furthermore, even if Apple did decide to produce a television, they would probably walk away from almost every industry standard established and produce a set with perhaps one HDMI port, an Ethernet port, a USB port and those "combined" audio ports that Apple uses on other devices.
There was a time when I thought that Apple should produce an A/V receiver, because the user experience on most current receivers is absurdly bad and complex, but lately I've decided that Apple is not the right company to build such a device. While their drive for simplicity is worthy in theory, they would probably destroy much of the needed capability and quality of a modern audio receiver. Steve only believes in portable devices anyway.
In regards to other posters' comments, Apple is not going to buy either ABC or NBC. Such networks might not even exist in ten years, the business is risky and it's also relatively low margin with very high infrastructure and content development costs. And even if he wanted it, any attempt by Jobs to purchase ABC would be seen as a conflict of interest. He would have to resign his seat on the Disney Board to do so. In fact, if he tried to acquire NBC, he'd also probably have to resign from the Board.
And Steve has already commented that he'd never buy an MSO cable company, because there are none that cover the entire U.S.
So I'm guessing that if Apple is going to get involved with TV, it's going to be something that makes it easier for consumers to get content onto their devices, but I'm unsure as to what form that would take.