Originally Posted by Longsilver
I must have missed something about this video-enabled AirPort. What is the updated AirPort streaming to and from? I can see the advantage in streaming audio from a Mac to a home stereo, but video? If it's streaming from a Mac to a TV then you won't need a 23" HD iMac to watch the movie on. Surely you'd want to download the movie and then just watch it on the (extremely cool, by the sound of it) iMac. And if it's streaming (rather than downloading) from an iTMS server to the iMac then surely you're going to need one dang fast broadband connection.
I think an Airport Video would be perfect. You stream from a computer anywhere in your house to your TV. It's a great solution, and I've been suggesting it for a long time. Way better than a computer DVR in your living room since you can just have the streaming unit instead of a machine that costs hundreds of dollars.
The only issue I see is using a remote control with it. How do you select the show you want to watch, can they make a box that can run Front Row?
Originally Posted by Ireland
The point is I don't want to watch a movie on my TV, with my iMac humming, and wasting energy in the background.
You're probably in the minority. This box isn't for you. Most people want their computer in a different room than the big TV setup in the living room.
I see a box very similar to the current airport express, just with a video output, no hard drive. Just streams real time just like the current airport does audio. Decoding video isn't that tricky, it can be done with one chip that has the codec. If they can do it on an iPod for $299, they should be able to use similar technology to do it in an airport (minus the hard drive and screen, the most expensive parts).
Originally Posted by thedonga
um, I already have this...it's called a networked dvd/media player. download any videos you want, and watch them on the home theater...oh and it's only 200 bucks.
Link? I'd be interested in something like that, but have never seen anything that really got it right.