Originally Posted by solipsism
Being first to a market is not something Apple typically does. Even with USB, which is something they get attributed with as being first because they went in all turkey, they were beaten to market by Dell and other vendors.
The iPod wasnt even close to being the first digital HDD-baed PMP. The iPad was about 2 decades too late for being the fist tablet. The iPhone was said to be doomed from the strata because its entering an entrenched, mature market. I think its more important that companies wait for the right time to enter a market.
In a marathon the one who sprints offs the starting line is unlikely to maintain their lead.
You are quite right. I own an LG semi-smart TV. It is setup in my bedroom. I setup my Yahoo! account on it. It has widgets for other online services as well. Setup of the smart features is a bear. One thing that is generally not understood about digital TV sets is that they are really limited-feature computers with large monitors. For many, the OS behind the screen is Linux. If you have an HDTV, then pull-out your documentation and read it--especially the stuff in small print. You might be surprised.
As a technical exercise, there is no question that Apple can do better than current offerings. Broadcast is easy. At most, there are two broadcast standards per country. BTW, another of the trends that most people seem unaware of is that digital multicasting in the USA is helping broadcast to make gains against cable--especially in large metropolitan areas. But, the majority of viewers still get their TV via cable. Cable is a huge problem.
As I posted above, virtually all original digital cable is scrambled. Cable is fragmented at several different levels--content providers, cable providers, local regulation, state regulation, subscriber base, subscriber equipment, etc
. By comparison, Apple in the USA must deal with exactly two providers who each support fewer than a half-dozen communication standards. On the cable TV front, you will find more fragmentation in many US counties.
The only path to viable Apple HDTV is for Steve Jobs to bring together the content providers--producers, studio heads, and such like--and the major cable providers to agree to standardize on CableCard, or better yet, drop scrambling all together. After all, cable's customer base is being eaten away by the Internet among young viewers and by broadcast among older viewers. Perhaps they will see the way before the face the same issues facing record labels.
Without an agreement to reverse the fragmentation in the cable industry, I see no way to make an Apple HDTV a viable product.