Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody
I agree and was going to comment similarly.
I see the original poster's point though when it comes to the fact that Apple encourages us to use wireless for everything, but if you do so, then AppleTV will fail to find content when your computer goes to sleep. Walking into the next room and wiggling the mouse on the main computer so that the TV in the living room can see the content is really annoying and old-fashioned. If they really want everything to be wireless and for everything to stream, the part where the devices wake up and talk to each other still needs a little work.
You'd think they'd have added a "Aake on AppleTV" in System Preferences Of course, this likely wouldn't work with notebooks with the lid close and being their biggest Mac seller that make it a moot point.
My "wants" for this version of Apple TV would be:
- a new UI that doesn't require so much clicking
- a better remote
- re-enabling of the ability to purchase content on AppleTV
I think the current UI is pretty good. It's certainly better than the Take 2 UI.
A better remote would be nice but I think Apple will likely move that to iDevices.
I think videos are the last holdout for iCloud content. I assume eventually we'll be able to get access to all out content again just like with music and apps. When that happens I think purchasing on the AppleTV again will be possible.
I find all the talk of 1080p content and resolutions to be quite beside the point given the fact that streaming such HD content is only just barely
possible in most households today. Most "HD" channels, even cable channels right from your local supplier are not really HD at all and are highly compressed for reasons of bandwidth even if you are on broadband.
People just don't realise this as the average person can't actually look at a video image on a screen and tell if it's HD or whether it's 1080p versus 720p or 1080i. They just think
Like most things in tech they are defined poorly. 720 vertical lines of data is HD regardless of anything else.
They would do more to sell AppleTV's by lowering the prices of the store offerings to a more reasonable level than they would any technical improvements in quality. Right now the prices for digital content are almost always *more* than the same content on disc and you don't even get a hard copy. Entire seasons of TV shows should all be at least 720p and shouldn't cost more than 20 dollars tops. Paying 70, 90 or in some cases over 100 dollars for a season of a recent popular TV show that's not HD and just a digital copy is plainly ridiculous.
Paying even ten dollars for a season of a 40 year old TV show or movie is laughable.
You're talking a tiered model and that can get complex and turn the buyer off. Don't get me wrong, I agree with your examples that the cost is too high for older content, but their model is designed to be simple and does offer benefits others don't have, especially for content that aired the previous day.
If one wants older content then Netflix is the way to go. I've bought TV shows from iTS but it was either from missing an episode or because I was going to be somewhere I knew I didn't have internet and wanted to get some media to watch. In those cases it was well worth the money.
Personally I'm hoping for some package deals inline with cable and satellite offerings but I'm not holding my breath.
Originally Posted by island hermit
Why would they announce both on the same day?
Seems odd to me. The iPad would steal Apple TV's thunder.
Is the new iPad going to be the new Apple TV as well?
I have no idea why but it just seems odd to me that they would announce both items on the same day.
- It's a hobby device that only costs $99
- Apple has a history of updating multiple products at once.
- It would likely compliment the iPad's push into 1080p+ and 1080p content from iTS.
Note the original AppleTV was demoed before the iPhone was announced back in January 2007.