Originally Posted by JimDreamworx
Not really. Everyone and their brother chided Apple for not including an FM tuner on the iPod (and I would assume iPhone) because you just had to listen to radio. Now, there is things like TuneIn Radio bypassing that spectrum.
I doubt Apple is going to go backwards and include a tuner in such an television. Already, many broadcasters are offering their wares on the Internet. Why wouldn't Apple tap into that?
Because something would be left out? Something big and popular? Like the Beatles were from iTunes?
Everybody and their brother chided Apple for not including an FM tuner on the iPod? Really? Then why did the iPod quickly become #1 - and stay there for a long time? In reality, it was a small number of people who think they're smarter than Apple who were complaining about lack of a tuner.
Besides, the two situations are different. Even by the time the iPod came out, there were a lot of portable players that didn't have radios. Sony had a walkman that played CDs and no radio. The radio is not essential to what the device was made to do - play mp3 tunes downloaded from your computer.
For a TV, the picture (ahem) is different. It's hard to imagine what good a TV would be if it didn't play TV shows off the air or off cable. If you simply want to play stuff that you have on iTunes, you don't need a TV - you simply need a monitor hooked up to your computer. How well have monitors sold compared to TVs? Not very well.
Originally Posted by hmurchison
The HDTV industry is currently in a mode where they are tossing everything up on the wall and trying to see what sticks.
I "got" that 120Hz made pictures more fluid ...but couldn't see the point of 240hz and beyond
I "got" that local dimming was the "in" thing even though my eyes couldn't see a big diff.
I "got" that Avatar was great in 3D but I wasn't about to pay extra for goggles at home.
The reason why people aren't upgrading their sets is because there haven't been any major updates to technology other than larger panels. We've been sold on hz and widgets and 3D but that's just not getting consumers to scrap older tech that still works.
New ideas are needed IMO.
I agree. And all of that is compounded by the fact that 3D, at least, is a significant backward step for many people. Not only do you need goggles (which is inconvenient and clumsy), but a significant percentage of people can't see 3D on the TV - and may even get headaches from trying.
Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Apple would lose 1 billion or more in the first quarter alone after an HDTV launch. It's idiotic.
I'm not sold on the idea of an Apple HDTV. I'm starting to see that it's not entirely out of the question, although I think they could get there just as easily by selling and licensing a card to TV manufacturers. But that aside, I'm curious how the heck you managed to come up with that figure. Let's see your detailed P&L projections and the marketing research to support them.
Or are you just playing 'analyst' and pulling numbers out of your rear?
Originally Posted by BrooksT
Yep, that's what I thought too. No concept of channels or networks, just shows and movies. Tell it what you want to watch.
You: "I want to watch tonight's Mad Men"
Siri: "Here's tonight's episode of Mad Men"
You: "Play Monday Night Football"
Siri: "The game hasn't started yet, should I change to the game once it does?"
You: "Give me a list of episodes in Community, season 2"
Siri: "Here's a list of the episodes in season two of Community, would you like to watch one?"
That would be awesome.
How about: "What baseball games are playing tonight?" or "What sitcoms are playing?"
However, I could see a couple of problems:
1. Microphone sensitivity and noise reduction would be an issue. You're telling it what to do from across the room - possibly while the TV is already playing.
2. How do they filter out fake signals? For example, you're watching "How I Met Your Mother" and Robin says "let's watch 'Friends'". There has to be a way to filter that out.
3. With a remote, only one person can control it at a time. I could picture that voice activation could turn into a shouting match.
I suppose it might be possible to deal with #1 and #2 by programming it to automatically ignore any sound coming through the system, but it still sounds like quite a challenging technological problem.