Originally Posted by AjayBot
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?
My only concern about the wireless is that 802.11g doesnt provide enough bandwidth to reliably stream HD content. Right now, my wireless network has a hard time consistantly streaming audio through my airport expresses... lots of drop outs.
Could Apple possibly be waiting for the 802.11n standard to come closer to finalization in order to ensure that someday if they wanted to be able to stream HD content to the iTV consumers wouldnt be stuck having to buy an add-on or a whole new device?
Being able to dock/connect an iPod directly would remove the bandwidth limitations of 802.11g and ensure that HD playback is smooth.
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.
I have relatively new Sony and Pioneer TVs and neither is able to take a composite video input and scale it to anywhere near what I would consider a decent picture. I refuse to watch OnDemand movies from the cable company (SD content over DVI/HDMI connections) because the picture quality is absolutely attrocious (although the bitrate on that video is horrible too).
I'm not asking for the world, would I like HD, yes. Am I going to take a $500-$1000 gamble on Blu-Ray or HD-DVD, no. If apple can provide an easy, convenient way for me to watch movies with an acceptable picture quality on a 50"+ television with the possibility that in the future they we be able to deliver HD content, will i jump onboard? Of course.
I'm not so concerned with the resolution or the bitrate or whatever. I would just like it to have comparable quality to a DVD with increased convenience.
Heres another question that jumps to mind. I've recently stopped buying as many DVDs as I used to because of services like NetFlix and Blockbuster's movie pass (the in-store one). As convenient as both of those services are, I find myself wishing that NetFlix had a faster turnaround time (due to no fault of their own, its limited by the speed of mail. I normally have a 2 day turn around time). I also find that the catalogue of movies at my local Blockbuster pales in comparison to NetFlix.
Apple could make a killing on a $XX per month X out at a time rental service. Negotiations with studios (once more hop on board) would be tough, but if I was Apple I would lay it out to the studios like this:
"We're both in this business to make money. You need to find a new business model to combat piracy. Right now, people with services like NetFlix/Blockbuster can copy as many movies a month as they can get their hands on. We have a locked down service that doesn't allow for copies to be made, yet the consumers still can have access to your movies with lower overhead on your part; its a win-win"
I would love something like an "Instant Netflix" obviously there are details to be worked out, like how many you can check out a day (so as to stop people from essentially having unlimited access to any movie they want).