Originally Posted by pt123
Not gonna happen, at least in my house. I still need my remote for regular TV (NFL, CSI). I still need my DVD player because I have quite a few DVD's. I still need my home theater because it connects to my speakers and DVD is part of the home theater. So I won't be spending more money for iTV because I already have the equivalent if it and it works very well for me.
My point was that I think, eventually, the iTV, or a number of products very similar, will come to replace the current TV setup. After all, don't a lot of cable boxes control the TV's volume settings? I think that's what Apple has in mind. Eventually, the commercial product (or whatever name they choose) that we saw as the iTV will become a functional equivilent of the home theater, with attached speakers, iPod dock, connections to the computer's DVD player, etc. What I said is that (I think) this is the Apple vision, to have the Mac as the Digital Hub, controlling your entertainment content. With such a setup, you would only need the one remote, according to this idea. You'd get the content downloaded, or streamed in real time, off the internet, chosen by you, for viewing either now, or at your later convenience.
Both Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates have noted, in public statements, that they feel that the DVD is the last physical media we will see movie content use. This box, and other products like it, will be what makes that come true.
Of course, it'll take a few years, and a few upgrades of the box, to get to that point. But I think this idea will revolutionize the entertainment industry, and maybe the communications industry, too.
I did not mean to imply that the currently "peeked at" box will do that by itself. Not ready yet, by any means!