Originally Posted by Bagman
Very astute. I listened to the Daring Fireball podcast and was amazed that they have picked up on the fact that Jobs purposely left out the part of AppleTV that is the most intriquing, namely, that the iTV is actually designed for the future as a wireless client to have your iDevices port all your content directly to your TV, bypassing the cable and TV oligopoly entirely. You can send your DVD quality movies, or pics, from your iP4, your MLB.TV live from your iPad, or your content you subscribe to on any device, wirelessly, and the setup involves merely pressing the Airplay button on your device.
The future will eventually (hopefully) bypass the cable/TV folks, and you can stream whatever you desire, directly to your big screen/TV/Apple TV, etc, while using the Apps available on the device to subscribe.
The commentators said they think Jobs deliberately left out this most important detail so as not to unnecessarily rile up the cable/TV carrier bosses, while still calling it a mere "hobby" (wink, wink), which is codeword for "cable/TV carrier buster". One can only hope that it happens sooner rather than later.
Ahhh.... very interesting!
I remember, a few years back, there were rumors:
-- Apple would buy Vivendi to get access to content
-- Apple would setup an MVNO to provide a virtual "carrier" for its phones
I suspect that Apple considered these options, but thought better of it. Apple is very careful of dissipating its resources and tries to avoid competing with potential suppliers of services and content.
With the approach you describe, Apple would not be a "competitor" to the cable / carriers-- rather they would be a big consumer
of those who provide content and services (anyone who wants to make money from the Apple ecosystem).
The bigger the consumption, the bigger the leverage for Apple!
I think it was Senator "Fritz" Hollings that said: "There's too much consuming' goin' on out there".
... so, you think the ATV is really a "C&C Blaster"... I like that!
BTW, did you ever change your mind and buy another iP4?