Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum
The 1080P limitation may not be a limitation of the iTV box itself-- rather a limitation of the source
from which the iTV is streaming.
I just looked at NetFlix streaming to my iMac 20, and my iPad-- the picture quality is great on both.
I have heard that to notice a difference between 720P and 1080P you need a screen over 50".
Our largest screen is 46" in the family room. We have 27" TVs in 2 of the bedrooms and ATT U-verse.
We also have 2 iPads.
We don't buy anything from U-verse-- just basic Internet and TV.
When NetFlix comes to iTV, I suspect we will buy 3 additional iPads so each family member has one.
The iPad is an excellent device when used as a personal TV.
We have a Mac Mini (2 2-TereByte External Drives) setup as a media server: Ripped DVDs, Ripped CDs, Photos; Home Movies, Podcasts. We can stream these to the AppleTV through iTunes. Also we can stream these to the iPads with StreamToMe.
When NetFlix comes to the iTV, we can cut back on buying and ripping DVDs to store locally-- as NetFlix fleshes out their streaming catalog, it makes more sense to stream most things. Likely, we will always have some ripped DVDs as some of titles will never come to NetFlix-- Old TV series like: Two Fat Ladies, Fractured Flickers, etc.
Last evening I was at a long soccer practice (almost 3 hours). I took my iPad 3G, and over 3G was able to watch:
1) A liveCast over Stickam-- a friend is a singer composer and has a live show every Tuesday
2) part of a NetFlix movie
3) some short (5 min or less) home movies over remote StreamToMe.
Everything worked without a hitch-- that's using the (supposedly) crummy AT&T 3G service in the East San Francisco Bay area.
So, this idea of "anything you want to watch-- wherever, whenever" is becoming practical on a personal device. You can take it with you, and it dutifully resumes where you
were-- regardless that others are "viewing their own thing"
at the same time.
I also see great potential for games on the iTV with satellite iPads, iPhones and iPod touches.
Say, you have Scrabble: Monopoly: Clue; Yahtzee-- where the main board is on the big screen, and each player has his own device to play his turn.
MultiPlayer action games ala Wii, should be Fun and inexpensive.