Originally Posted by caliminius
So what about all the people on this forum who were clamoring for Apple to add a browser to the AppleTV before the 2.0 version was announced? Now that Google did it first, the tune seems to have changed. If Apple had done it, what would people here be saying?
What decade are you living? I can't remember the last time I was in a single TV home. The "channel clicking wars" ended some time in the 90's when TV's became cheap commodity items.
I don't recall any serious clamor for adding a browser to AppleTV. If the only connection to the Internet available in the home were the TV, then I could see the need. Rather, most homes have one or more computers which are superior for web browsing -- more personal interaction, more legible and interactive display, better navigation with integral keyboard and mouse, more robust caching, bookmarking, tabbing, etc.
What is needed, IMO, is a way to surf the web looking for content, scheduling viewing/recording of shows, getting background information (song lyrics, iMDB info, etc) while concurrent using the TV to display content. We have that in two separate device
s: a Desktop, Laptop or Tablet computer
and a TV
. Each device is designed to excel at certain specialized actives -- Why must one device/activity encroach on the other.
There's an old Army Training lyric that says it best:
"This is my rifle
, this is my gun
-- this one's for shooting, the other's for fun!
The big mistake of GTV, WebTB, et al: why do we need to display our surfing activity on the TV -- full screen Pic-In-Pic, whatever. It makes no sense at all -- unless we enjoy others watching (and critiquing) our typing.
What would be useful, with something as handy and as friendly as the iPad is to use it
to do the surfing, scheduling, accessing (queuing or downloading) content while, separately
, the HDTV is doing Its Thing
-- playing content from whatever source is currently selected.
Periodically, while surfing with the iPad, we may find something of interest to the larger audience watching the HDTV. Wouldn't it be great if we could pause *
the HDTV content, interpose the content * from the iPad
for all to see, then resume the paused content
to HDTV when desired.
* Live content would be automatically recorded in the background
** song lyrics, iMDB profiles, subzin quotes from movies, background on star players, actors, stats, highlights, etc.
In this scenario, the iPad acts as an independent content surfer, programmer, queuer, scheduler communicating with the ATV or HDTV in the background to set content for later viewing.
Alternately, the iPad can be used, via AirPlay to provide content directly to the ATV.
A third use, would be to add IR capability to the iPad and use as an intelligent universal remote control for all components of the home theater.