[quote]Originally posted by Kecksy:
<strong>The problem is few people want to use their PC as a DVD player or a Tivo. A PC is out of place next to a television and couldn't fit in many cabinets.
An all-in-one entertainment system just sounds like something Apple should do. Apple likes to integrate and simplify things, and home entertainment systems could seriously use some Apple ease of use. You shouldn't have to fiddle with four different remotes in order to watch a movie. The TV, the Tivo, the Stereo, the DVD player need to be integrated, so they all just work together.
Computers do not make a entertainment systems redundant, them makes them more useful.
Imagine a device which could play music and broadcast audio (CD, MP3, SuperCD, DVD) to every computer in your house.
Wouldn't it be great if your Tivo could burn shows to a DVD or send them to your computer for permanent storage?
Wouldn't it be cool if you could create smart playlists of your favorite movies and sitcoms?
How many people won't find it useful to set a Tivo schedule with iCal?
There are dozens of ways in which a computer can enhance the value of an entertainment system. These are just some ideas. I could list more like the ability for parents to monitor TV access from the computer with the click of a button.
Apple could seriously do things with a home entertainment system that other vendors like Sony can only dream of.</strong><hr></blockquote>
I think you're right, but I can't see them releasing anything of this nature. It seems to me that there is no clear 'need' to be addressed.
People aren't really sure what they want. Unlike the iPod which addresses a clear and simple issue, people want to take their music with them.