Originally Posted by Snowdog65
There is a race, and while no clear winner is emerging, Apple is somewhere off the back of the pack.
DLNA is clearly a winning technology that puts all non Apple products at advantage. Android/Microsoft tablet/devices can move video to Living room screens.
DLNA is clearly winning? What? The most confusing way to exchange media across sometimes incompatible DLNA devices?
Xbox is is turning into a full fledged entertainment delivering games, movies, streaming services, internet to near 60 Million living rooms.
Wooo...60M living rooms. Yeah, okay, I'm to go out on a limb here and say that 60M is not an insurmountable early lead for someone like Apple. Or Samsung. Or Sony. Or Google. Or...anyone in this horse race.
I am also part of the HTPC crowd and Apple is way behind on this as well. WMC is decent DVR and you have a wide array of Windows HTPCs you can buy or build. Apple really doesn't have a credible HTPC and AFAIK they have no equivalent to Media Center software.
Because the height of the HTPC was what? 2006? Seriously, when I can buy a Roku and a blu-ray player or PS3 why the hell do I want to muck around with a HTPC.
If Apples answer is a TV, they have lost it IMO. That is low margin and will be low volume, they will be dead in the living room.
Apple's answer is likely iOS related. And we agree that it's likely widespread adoption of AirPlay.
If they only get Vizio, Samsung and LG aboard that's probably good enough. AirPlay beats the crap out of DLNA in terms of ease of use.