Originally Posted by Feynman
Actually you were able to do all of this on your Mac before the xBox 360 was on the market with Front Row, which if you wanted to you could hook up to a television.
As I have said before, all iTV is just a pretty interface, a thin client if you will.
I could buy a Mac mini, hook it up to my tv and have it point to my iMac and there you go. I will have an iTV before Apple even release it. Plus I will have additional storage space on the mini itself.
So I hate to prove you wrong but Apple had this on the market before Microsoft.
Microsoft had the Media Center interface (which is directly analogous to Front Row) way back in 2003. It had Media Center Extender devices (which are directly analogous to iTV) back in 2004. Even the previous Xbox had Media Center Extender functionality. Xbox 360 is just the latest in a long line of devices with Media Extender functionality.
The facts are as simple as they are clear. Apple is just getting into this space while Microsoft has been doing it for years. Windows Media Center is a more mature, robust, feature-packed platform. And with Xbox 360 and Windows Vista, it will be even easier to use than Apple's products.
Media Center Extender users can already download movies and TV shows from their couches. This is nothing new for us. I did it the day before iTV was announced, but it's been possible since 2004.
But of course, now Xbox 360 has its own self-contained video download store, with HD movies and TV shows, no PC required. They have said it will interconnect with Zune in future. Apple has nothing like this. Period.