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Originally Posted by AjayBot

And once more, where are you all buying your movies for 10 dollars? The best price I could find was at Amazon for 13.99 for Hitchhickers widescreen DVD.... and iTunes sells it for 9.99. I don't see where people are paying extra for convienience, to me it seems like its cheaper for a similar product. 14.99 for a brand new movie? I can't even find one in stock at walmart for 20 bucks!

half.ebay.com sells it used for under $10. Also, prices are cheaper for me when I share titles among family members and friends. And it is pretty convienient to be able to take the DVD to babysitter or cousin's house. The downside is sometimes I don't remember who has the DVD so I don't even know who to ask to get it back.
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Originally Posted by AjayBot

For all of the people saying that they want their HD movies from iTunes now and to hurry up with the upgrades of mac and all that other impatient stuff need to just sit back and relax. I personally haven't been disappointed with Apple because they get the stuff out there and they get it done right. If we had our HD videos right now, we would have people on here saying that the video downloads take too long, instead of being able to buy a song, wait (for me not even 30 seconds) for the video to download, and enjoy a great movie. Apple will get it done and will get it done right, a la the Merom Macbooks and Pros, iTV (TelePort or whatever), "True Video ipod" and the next chapter of Intel chips.

We all just need to sit back. Relax. It will come, and it will be good.

so there were 125,000 bloggers and reporters and that is it? That is crazy reasoning. Just because you do not want to download from iTunes does not mean others do not want to. I would never buy a stupid pasta strainer cooker from TV, but thousands of people do. This numbers tells me that Apple was able to plant the seed of easy movie downloads 125,000 times. And whenever someone wants to see a movie quickly and easily they now have the option to use iTunes. I expect this service to work because people fundumentally people want to be entertained, and many people are willing to sacrafice quality and a few dollars for that pleasure.
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A Fortune Magazine Senior Editor is calling Amazon Unbox "a horror show".
The bad horror show not the good one.

http://money.cnn.com/2006/09/18/tech...tune/index.htm

Great article!! I hope Apple does better.
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Ringtones are used hundreds or thousands of time, depending on number of calls you get. Tough to watch a movie that many time.

So you are saying items should be priced on the number of times you use them?

My point is that ring tones are a complete rip off. Its highly likely one would already own the CD. Cell phone companies could allow you to download your song collection to your phone. Instead the phone is closed and you are forced to buy the song again for $2.50 to $3.00. This is pretty much pure profit for the cell phone company and for record labels.

People who are willing to do this will have little problem with buying movies online.
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Originally Posted by 05elstonc

so there were 125,000 bloggers and reporters and that is it? That is crazy reasoning. Just because you do not want to download from iTunes does not mean others do not want to. I would never buy a stupid pasta strainer cooker from TV, but thousands of people do. This numbers tells me that Apple was able to plant the seed of easy movie downloads 125,000 times. And whenever someone wants to see a movie quickly and easily they now have the option to use iTunes. I expect this service to work because people fundumentally people want to be entertained, and many people are willing to sacrafice quality and a few dollars for that pleasure.

I hope my post wasn't misinterpreted. I am highly satisfied with the new iTunes Store. I was just commenting on the number of people saying they want their super high quality products now and that apple 'better hurry it up', when we all know that apple doesn't get things done fast, they get things done right.

Like iTV over a TubePort dongle. Done right. Not fast.

I bought a movie from iTunes, and I'm not a blogger, nor a reporter

And when you buy a movie from iTunes, it doesn't own your soul, and hard drive.
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half.ebay.com sells it used for under $10. Also, prices are cheaper for me when I share titles among family members and friends. And it is pretty convienient to be able to take the DVD to babysitter or cousin's house. The downside is sometimes I don't remember who has the DVD so I don't even know who to ask to get it back.

You clearly don't understand the market this service is aimed at. People want a brainless solution. This is as brainless as you get. Open iTunes Store, click "Buy Movie", download movie, watch movie (even within minutes of download). The don't want go to half.com, find best price, pay for movie, open wallet, type in credit card number, wait for used movie to arrive, etc.
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Originally Posted by TenoBell

So you are saying items should be priced on the number of times you use them?

My point is that ring tones are a complete rip off. Its highly likely one would already own the CD. Cell phone companies could allow you to download your song collection to your phone. Instead the phone is closed and you are forced to buy the song again for $2.50 to $3.00. This is pretty much pure profit for the cell phone company and for record labels.

People who are willing to do this will have little problem with buying movies online.

Since ringtones were compared to movie downloads, I was merely pointing out that ringtones are used much more than movies. When you compare the bang for your bucks, it doesn't seem like a ripoff. Some might say media format changes are the real ripoff, having buy new hardware and repurchase the movie.
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Originally Posted by MovieCutter

You clearly don't understand the market this service is aimed at. People want a brainless solution. This is as brainless as you get. Open iTunes Store, click "Buy Movie", download movie, watch movie (even within minutes of download). The don't want go to half.com, find best price, pay for movie, open wallet, type in credit card number, wait for used movie to arrive, etc.

Brainless, computer, iTunes, and have money to spend? And know what to do when disk space runs out after ordering many movies. Yes you are definitely right, I don't understand.
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One good online movie stores can potentially do. Once they are able to gain mass market media share is offer an outlet for filmmakers whose material does not fit Hollywoods narrow definitions.

The smaller controversial or challenging work that would otherwise not see wide distribution.
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This rate of downloads will NOT sustain into the future.

I hope that you're right and it will prompt Apple & the movie studios to up the quality a little. I'm surprised people don't mention the suck-tastic audio on these files (Dolby Pro-Logic, rather than full 5.1).

I think the ideal quality at these prices is slightly higher resolution, higher bit-rate, and 5.1 surround sound.

Unfortunately, given the fact that many tens of millions of TV shows were bought at low bit-rate 320 x 240 resolution, it would seem likely that the download rate for these movies is not going to decline.
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Why the first TWO weeks?

Because the Amazon service came out first and I doubt it has sold much in that time. I was trying to help Amazon out here.

Also, I am glad to see Apple laying down the infrastructure here, but I will quietly wait the first few rounds out. I already pay for cable, so I am not interested in paying another $2 for a TV show. I have a dual tuner DVR so I rarely miss an episode of anything. I would buy some older programs, but the pricing just doesn't entice me. Not because I don't get the extras that I never watch anyway, but simply because I don't place a very high value on TV programming and Comcast already gets what I am willing to pay for it (more, really).

I find the movie service more interesting than TV as I find movies more interesting than TV, and I have an HDTV to really get that theater experience. Apple's current offering doesn't allow me to get that, so I am uninterested in purchasing a bunch of content in a resolution that is on the way out. Maybe if Apple did an upgrade assurance program that let me redownload my purchased content in the new resolution when available for the cost of bandwidth or even with a small convenience fee (no more than $1.00), I might try things out now. Don't get me wrong, I think what they are doing is great, and I love the ecosystem they are setting up, and I can't wait until the internet catches up with my HD set so I can start using this, but for now, I will wait, but impatiently you can be sure.
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Originally Posted by Mr. H

I hope that you're right and it will prompt Apple & the movie studios to up the quality a little. I'm surprised people don't mention the suck-tastic audio on these files (Dolby Pro-Logic, rather than full 5.1).

I think the ideal quality at these prices is slightly higher resolution, higher bit-rate, and 5.1 surround sound.

Unfortunately, given the fact that many tens of millions of TV shows were bought at low bit-rate 320 x 240 resolution, it would seem likely that the download rate for these movies is not going to decline.

My answer?
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Originally Posted by AjayBot

For all of the people saying that they want their HD movies from iTunes now and to hurry up with the upgrades of mac and all that other impatient stuff need to just sit back and relax. I personally haven't been disappointed with Apple because they get the stuff out there and they get it done right. If we had our HD videos right now, we would have people on here saying that the video downloads take too long, instead of being able to buy a song, wait (for me not even 30 seconds) for the video to download, and enjoy a great movie. Apple will get it done and will get it done right.

We all just need to sit back. Relax. It will come, and it will be good.

This service is targeted towards Joe Blow. You know the one, with his 15' CRT tv and his Gateway 333MHz desktop with 12 inch monitor. For the time being, we High Def people are going to have to wait for our turn. The masses don't have 52 inch 1080p LCD HDTVs with Xbox 360s and BluRay players.

This is a program to make money, not please everysingle person. And right now, Every Single person does not have high def everything.
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post #53 of 118
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I hope that you're right and it will prompt Apple & the movie studios to up the quality a little.

That's backward thinking if people don't buy them, the studios won't be interested in the service at all.

Quality is more likely to improve if the service is a hit.

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I'm surprised people don't mention the suck-tastic audio on these files (Dolby Pro-Logic, rather than full 5.1).

Are there enough people who can actually play 5.1 to justify the larger file and longer download time for everyone?

People who have invested a lot of money in HDTV and surround sound systems want content to play on them. But you have to realize you are the extreme minority.
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Originally Posted by AjayBot

My answer?

This is a program to make money, not please everysingle person. And right now, Every Single person does not have high def everything.

Did I say anything about Hi-Def? No.

I said "slightly higher resolution, higher bit-rate and 5.1 audio". My hope is that sales will fall and Apple will be forced to increase quality a bit. My expectation is that it won't happen, and people will continue to pay over-the-odds for iTunes Movies. Or, if anything changes, that the price will go down a bit rather than quality up a bit.
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Quality is more likely to improve if the service is a hit.

So that explains why iTunes Music is still 128 kbps?

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But you have to realize you are the extreme minority.

I don't think people with 5.1 capable systems are the "extreme minority". Minority, yes. Extreme, no. Bear in mind that Apple are developing the iTV to accompany this service, and the iTV has an HDMI output and optical audio out.


It seems crazy to me not to put 5.1 surround into these legal downloads when a decent bit-torrent file will have 5.1 surround. The movie studios and Apple need to remember, that just like with music, the main competitor here is piracy, and right now higher quality can be had from P2P.
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This rate of downloads will NOT sustain into the future. NOBODY -- and I mean NOBODY -- wants to download movies that are the exact same price as DVD's but offer NO compelling advantages at all. The only reason 125,000 downloads took place in the first week was because all of the reporters & bloggers were testing out the new service to see if it works. Normal people will NOT pay these premium prices to download inferior products. It just won't happen. The rate of downloads for this week has probably already plummeted.


This is exactly what was said about iTunes music files. NOBODY--and I mean NOBODY-- wants to download music encoded at a measly 128kbps. Normal people will NOT pay these premium prices for inferior products (then some diatribe about ogg vorbis usually followed). "I'll just buy the CD and rip it into iTunes."

Yes, yes, we've heard it all before and "normal" people have purchased 1.5 billion "inferior" music files. They will purchase "inferior" movies too. Just wait and see.
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(edit) Never mind, I was misreading.
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Originally Posted by Chucker

So I'm nobody. And millions of others are nobody.



So I'm not a normal person either. Works for me. I like to be special.



So, they're inferior, not normal, and don't exist, since they're all nobody?

Um... I think he's arguing the same thing that you are, that while the quality isn't perfect, most people don't care, as evidenced by sales.
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So that explains why iTunes Music is still 128 kbps?

Because 128 is indistinguishable from CD quality for 99.9% of people. The only people who refuse to buy 128 kbps also wouldn't by 192 or 256 kbps. They won't buy anything less than lossless.

However, it's really easy to notice any deficiencies in the video quality. Right now, iTunes is just below DVD quality, so I'll probably buy a film at some point...which I wouldn't have considered that at 320x240. But I'm really holding out for around 720p or so, in which case I won't be touching physical media.

In other words, incremental increases bring very noticeable results in video, unlike audio. Apple could use 4 times the bandwidth on audio, I wouldn't tell the difference, and snooty audiophiles still wouldn't touch it. In other words, there's no sales increase to offset the cost of the bandwidth.

In a few years, when iTunes gets up to 720p, they'll be where they are with video that they are with 128 kbps audio. In other words, it COULD be better, but only slightly better for a lot more bandwidth.
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Wow, that sucks. They sold 1 million videos in 20 days when TV Shows first came out, and at the current rate they'll sell less than a third of that of their movies. I know that the movies cost more, but they also have a bigger audience.

In dollar terms, it looks like movies would have the advantage. TV episodes are $2 a piece and movies are $10. The movies would seem to be less of an impulse buy.

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HAHA YES!

And once more, where are you all buying your movies for 10 dollars? The best price I could find was at Amazon for 13.99 for Hitchhickers widescreen DVD.... and iTunes sells it for 9.99. I don't see where people are paying extra for convienience, to me it seems like its cheaper for a similar product. 14.99 for a brand new movie? I can't even find one in stock at walmart for 20 bucks!

It's probably not the same product though. HG2G isn't sold on DVD without the bloopers and such. I don't think those are included with Apple's product.
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Originally Posted by Mr. H

So that explains why iTunes Music is still 128 kbps?



I don't think people with 5.1 capable systems are the "extreme minority". Minority, yes. Extreme, no. Bear in mind that Apple are developing the iTV to accompany this service, and the iTV has an HDMI output and optical audio out.


It seems crazy to me not to put 5.1 surround into these legal downloads when a decent bit-torrent file will have 5.1 surround. The movie studios and Apple need to remember, that just like with music, the main competitor here is piracy, and right now higher quality can be had from P2P.

There is your answer right there. 5.1 digital surround is a minority. You cannot make a healthy profit by targeting the minority. I consider 'High def' anything that is above the norm really, 480 to me is high def, but to other only 1080 is high def. Anything above stereo is high def to me. Then again, I'm a college student and I still have an old Sanyo TV that doesn't even have AV ports in it. Hell I got a Powerbook G4 1.0 GHz...

And from the sound of the reactions of the people at the Its Showtime! event, the iTV has a sort of device inside of it to convert the 'low quality' (its pretty damn good quality from the movie I've seen) into true HD. At least thats what was reported from iLounge.
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There is your answer right there. 5.1 digital surround is a minority. You cannot make a healthy profit by targeting the minority.

All the DVDs are targetting the minority then, it's hard to find a DVD that doesn't have 5.1. They aren't that expensive, nor are 5.1 systems rare.

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I consider 'High def' anything that is above the norm really, 480 to me is high def, but to other only 1080 is high def. Anything above stereo is high def to me. Then again, I'm a college student and I still have an old Sanyo TV that doesn't even have AV ports in it. Hell I got a Powerbook G4 1.0 GHz...

480p is enhanced definition, EDTV.
post #63 of 118
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Originally Posted by AjayBot

For all of the people saying that they want their HD movies from iTunes now and to hurry up with the upgrades of mac and all that other impatient stuff need to just sit back and relax. I personally haven't been disappointed with Apple because they get the stuff out there and they get it done right. If we had our HD videos right now, we would have people on here saying that the video downloads take too long, instead of being able to buy a song, wait (for me not even 30 seconds) for the video to download, and enjoy a great movie. Apple will get it done and will get it done right, a la the Merom Macbooks and Pros, iTV (TelePort or whatever), "True Video ipod" and the next chapter of Intel chips.

We all just need to sit back. Relax. It will come, and it will be good.


..... and then there is iTunes 7 .......
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480p is enhanced definition, EDTV.

That depends on the frame rate. 480/24p is Standard Definition, 480/50p or 480/60p is Enhanced Definition.

Anyway, describing 480-anything as High Definition is ludicrous. 480 lines has been the NTSC standard since 1941.
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Originally Posted by Kishan

Using the iPod as a transport medium is I think exactly what Apple is trying to get you to do. Rather than go over to a friend's place with a stack of cds and dvds, you can take one pocket-sized device. With the right dock, it would be easy to just put the iPod into place and with a good navigator (such as the updated front row on iTV), browse your media.

Great, once again us Apple users are the guinea pigs for Apple's guerrilla marketing ploys. "Lets violate people's digital rights and force them to use our product EVERYWHERE..."

I can see the new ad now... "This is how 2007 will be just like 1984".
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Originally Posted by Mr. H

That depends on the frame rate. 480/24p is Standard Definition, 480/50p or 480/60p is Enhanced Definition.

I have never seen framerate used to make that distinction anywhere. 480i is standard definition.
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I don't think people with 5.1 capable systems are the "extreme minority".

Well I did say HDTV and surround sound are the extreme minority.

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It seems crazy to me not to put 5.1 surround into these legal downloads when a decent bit-torrent file will have 5.1 surround.

So far the bit-torrent movies I've seen have not been that impressive. I would not use them as any measurement of consistent quality.

I think its pretty elitist to call 5.1 a make or break feature. It doesn't make the acting any better or make the content of the movie any better. Its just a nice addition.

If 5.1 could be added without significantly increasing the file size or adding significantly more compression to keep the same file size, then I can see your point.
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I have never seen framerate used to make that distinction anywhere. 480i is standard definition.

That's true. I keep telling you guys video quality is not determined only by pixel size.

If 480i were recorded in HD color space with an HD sample rate that would make it HD.

I would not be surprised to see something like this come about. This would enable broadcast stations to use their available bandwidth to broadcast five stations at 480i in HD color space instead of one station at 1080i.
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Originally Posted by JeffDM

I have never seen framerate used to make that distinction anywhere. 480i is standard definition.

This arcticle seems to make that distinction. However, there are no external links or references, so it's difficult to verify.

It seems odd to denote 480/48i as "SDTV" and 480/24p as "EDTV". "EDTV" implies some sort of half-way-house between SD and HD, but the move from interlaced to progressive is nowhere near as big, quality-wise, as a move from 480 lines and 24 fps to 720 lines and 60 fps.
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Someone earlier mentioned something about Apples hopes that people would abandon carrying around CDs and DVDs and just take their ipod to a friends house to watch their movies.

In the current situation this doesnt make all that much sense (unless your friend has an ipod dock all set up on his/her tv). The iPod dock limits you to composite (or S-Video) video and stereo sound.

Here's my though. What if, the iTV (or TelePort or whatever) not only acts as a content streaming device, but also an "upgraded" iPod dock. You stick your iPod in it and can then output its video through HDMI, or use the optical audio and component video? It could work with current iPods as well as the future "True" video iPods.

If the iTV device and iTunes movie store become ubiquitous enough, you could hypothetically carry your whole library around with you all the time. Instead of burning DVDs it would be much easier to pop your iPod right into your friends iTV. This would also diminish the complaints we hear about not being able to burn to a DVD. Through this, apple not only doesnt have to deal with the DRM mess of allowing people to burn to CD, but they can push more iTV and iPod sales as well.

Thoughts?
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Originally Posted by JeffDM

All the DVDs are targetting the minority then, it's hard to find a DVD that doesn't have 5.1. They aren't that expensive, nor are 5.1 systems rare.



480p is enhanced definition, EDTV.

You missed the point. I'm trying to show that even though to people in the high def world already, anything below 720 is useless. But to me, with my 12 year old sanyo TV, 480 is high definition. Now I'm not saying that 480p IS high definition, I'm saying in my eyes, it looks high def.

Hell my iTunes Movie I bought looks great on my 17" powerbook G4. I have no complaints on the quality. I think it looks great, and any of the 1080 definition picture I missed, wasn't missed, because I didn't notice it.
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Here's my though. What if, the iTV (or TelePort or whatever) not only acts as a content streaming device, but also an "upgraded" iPod dock. You stick your iPod in it and can then output its video through HDMI, or use the optical audio and component video? It could work with current iPods as well as the future "True" video iPods.

Thoughts?

Very good idea. Hopefully will happen given the presence of a USB port on the iTV.
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In the current situation this doesnt make all that much sense (unless your friend has an ipod dock all set up on his/her tv). The iPod dock limits you to composite (or S-Video) video and stereo sound.

You don't need an iPod dock. You need a mini stereo to RCA wire. With that you plug the iPod into your TV AV ports.
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Originally Posted by TenoBell

You don't need an iPod dock. You need a mini stereo to RCA wire. With that you plug the iPod into your TV AV ports.

Right, but you cant output to component video (composite looks awful on anything bigger than 36") currently just using the video cables. Plus, how often do you carry a mini stereo to RCA cable around with you on the off chance youll watch a movie on your iPod at a friends?

I guess what I'm trying to say is that the current situation is far from what I would consider an elegant solution.
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Originally Posted by zpapasmurf

Someone earlier mentioned something about Apples hopes that people would abandon carrying around CDs and DVDs and just take their ipod to a friends house to watch their movies.

In the current situation this doesnt make all that much sense (unless your friend has an ipod dock all set up on his/her tv). The iPod dock limits you to composite (or S-Video) video and stereo sound.

Here's my though. What if, the iTV (or TelePort or whatever) not only acts as a content streaming device, but also an "upgraded" iPod dock. You stick your iPod in it and can then output its video through HDMI, or use the optical audio and component video? It could work with current iPods as well as the future "True" video iPods.

If the iTV device and iTunes movie store become ubiquitous enough, you could hypothetically carry your whole library around with you all the time. Instead of burning DVDs it would be much easier to pop your iPod right into your friends iTV. This would also diminish the complaints we hear about not being able to burn to a DVD. Through this, apple not only doesnt have to deal with the DRM mess of allowing people to burn to CD, but they can push more iTV and iPod sales as well.

Thoughts?

This possibility of hooking up an iPod to the iTV is completely possible. On the back of the system is a *gasp* USB port. It would be very easy to hook a dock up to the iTV, but to have iPods dock straight into the system would probably defeat the purpose. I think Apple is more concerned about getting your own media to the TV, through the wireless, then ipod connectivity, which is why there is a USB port but not a built in dock.

What I was thinking was that the iTV wasn't just a transmitter, but it actually enhances the video to true, by the definition, HD 1080 HDMI output.

Wait, would that be even possible? To take a non-HD video and stream it into HD?
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What looks horrible on a large screen television depends on lot on the ability of that television to upgrade SD. The newest Sony televisions make SD look really good.

If your intent is to view videos from an iPod on a television you need some way to connect it. I don't see one wire as being overly inconvenient.
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Originally Posted by AjayBot

Wait, would that be even possible? To take a non-HD video and stream it into HD?

Yes, there are plenty of video-scaling integrated circuits on the market that do this. Some are much better than others. But (hopefully) obviously, none of them can magically "add" information which is absent from the original content. 1080p content delivered by the iTV (assuming it can do 1080p) would look better than 360p (what the iTunes downloads seem to be) upscaled to 1080p.
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Originally Posted by Mr. H

Yes, there are plenty of video scalers on the market that do this. Some are much better than others. But (hopefully) obviously, none of them can magically "add" information which is absent from the original content. 1080p content delivered by the iTV (assuming it can do 1080p) would look better than 360p (what the iTunes downloads seem to be) upscaled to 1080p.

Then I'd be willing to be thats what the iTV will do. It will be a scaler and wifi solution to getting the music and info from the computer.

Also, doesn't Apple's h.264 (don't quote me on the number) have the information there so that when you scale it it knows what to put into the empty information places?
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Originally Posted by MacGregor

Great article!! I hope Apple does better.

From the article---

Amazon.com's Unbox is a horror show. The Unbox service appears not so much to have been introduced as to have escaped from the laboratory.

Of all the smart and talented people at Amazon, did no one dare say, "Wait, our new service bites! It's slower than a trip to Blockbuster, more expensive than a DVD, absurdly restrictive on how the consumer uses the movie, delivers lower resolution than a DVD, and requires running a cable from the PC to the TV if you want to watch the movie on something larger than a PC monitor"?

Apple's iTunes media store, meanwhile, is the feel-good movie download service of the summer, and builds on the same style and ease of use that has made iTunes the world's leading legal download service for music and television shows. But my local cineplex or cable TV service offers more movie choices than iTunes (which I'll review in detail on Thursday) does at this point, and the missing link - getting the movie from the PC to the TV - is still missing. I think I'll wait for the sequel.

Although it's damning of Amazon's service, the article doesn't exactly sound like a ringing endorsement of either service, and in addition, the comments about "more expensive than a DVD, absurdly restrictive on how the consumer uses the movie, delivers lower resolution than a DVD, and requires running a cable from the PC to the TV if you want to watch the movie on something larger than a PC monitor" also applies to iTunes thanks to absurd restrictions mandated by the studios.

The weird thing is... since Jobs is a big boy at Disney now, couldn't Apple+Disney have at least agreed on less insane restrictions for their Disney/Touchstone/Pixar/Miramax product?

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Originally Posted by AjayBot

Also, doesn't Apple's h.264 (don't quote me on the number) have the information there so that when you scale it it knows what to put into the empty information places?

Er... No.
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