Originally Posted by Ireland
You're household is totally typical
Actually, I think this will be typical within a few years.
We currently have 3 TV's:
-- family room HEC HDTV, Cable, AppleTV, Airport Extreme etc
-- my bedroom
-- my daughter's bedroom
Each of the three kids would like their own TV in their room (2 boys share a room)
One problem with this is that we can't connect any more TVs to the cable without degrading the signal
We currently have Macs used as general-purpose computers
-- Family room - iMac, printer, scanner shared by all family members - schedules, recipes, homework, social, etc.
-- den/office - My main heavy-lifting computer, FCP, XCode, etc
-- den/office - Mac Mini as an iTunes & iPhoto Media Server
-- my bedroom iMac - my light-lifting computer Stocks, FCP, XCode
Each of the three kids would like their own Mac * in their room (2 boys share a room)
* you can see where this is going -- sometimes when there is a conflict, the kids will use the computer in the den or my bedroom -- but I/they/prefer not.
This was the state of things at the beginning of the school year as my granddaughter entered high school and wanted to buy an inexpensive netbook or notebook (1 grandson in Middle school, other at last grade in elementary scrool).
We convinced her to buy an iPad 2 instead -- My daughter and I had iPad 1s -- we upgraded to iPad 2s and handed the iPad 1s down to the two grandsons.
So now everyone has their own, personal, iPad that is used for study, homework, social, games NetFlix, Itunes sharing...
What's missing is an inexpensive way to stream live TV to these PECs (Personal Entertainment Centers).
The example, using the NCAA iPad app to watch 5 different TV channels concurrently, shows that this is possible and practical -- and it didn't come out of the cable box -- it came out of the AirPortExtreme hooked to the Internet Cable modem.
The Cable Modem and Cable STB are hooked to the same cable.
Again, I understand there are turf wars and parties with vested interests -- financial, legal and political
But I don't want to buy a personal computer, a cable connection, a TV and a STB for every room.
We already have all the "boxes" we need -- except one...
The box that can decode TV signals and re-broadcast them over WiFi to our PECs and Computers.
As the existing TVs (and their associated STBs) age, we could opt to replace them with a DumbTV -- a Display with the ability to run a receiver app like the NCAA.
Ya' know, we could actually have more than 3 TVs -- because they wouldn't degrade the cable signal
I am a frugal SOB, but I invested about $5,000 to provide each person with a PEC in lieu of a computer and a [hopefully, soon to be alternative to a] TV.
If I'm wrong, so be it -- we will all have regained the money, many, many times over from this magical device.
For example, we read together as a family, several times a week. Each takes a turn reading aloud, we pause to ask/answer questions (what does that word mean, what is the author trying to say, how should that phrase be emphasized, etc.).
We used to pass around a single book, but now each can follow along on his iPad.
The, youngest, the 11 year old boy, has gone from poor grades to the top of his class in reading. He is a regular raconteur -- you should hear him read Ice-Worm Cocktail...
...To Dawson Town came Percy Brown from London on the Thames.
A pane of glass was in his eye, and stockings on his stems...
And he can explain what it means!