Originally Posted by scades
Missing the point of any Jobsian Apple TV. It won't be a cable device; it will be a network device, like any computer or smart phone, and its programming will come only through a new iTunes-like service. A new "walled garden." We won't be paying [insert name of your cable carrier], we'll be paying Apple.
Which will only work if/when the content carriers decide to put their content inside the walled garden. And I'm not just talking about Fox/CBS/NBC/ABC. I'm talking about CNN, TBS, Food Network and the holy grail of cable TV, ESPN.
Rest assured, in order to get this content, Apple will have to pay. And not just a flat rate. NBC and CBS and Fox will do what they have done for years to the cable cos--they will tell Apple that if they want ESPN, they will need to pay for ABC Family. If you want USA, the most watched cable channel, you'll need to buy SciFy. And so on.
Also just an afterthought--but how many people have good enough home network that they can get HD quality streaming TV, 24 hours a day? And how many homes have more than one TV? Lots. 1080p * 24fps * 2 streams at least == 10Mbs speed at least. And that's just for the TV(s). If you want to use your Internet on top of that…forget it. Heck my AppleTV starts to stutter when streaming from iTunes if I also try to download an OS X update, and I have Comcast's top speed package.
Oh, and where do people that kind of high bandwidth from? Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon FiOS, AT&T Uvers…the same companies that also offer TV service.
Not saying it's impossible, but I'd need to know the logistics first.