[quote]Originally posted by MacGregor:
<strong>This isn't about some golden convergence with your toaster and microwave. This is about simply ignoring the most used (soon to be digital) electronic appliance in the house.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Soon to be digital.
When it's digital, Apple will probably look at it. Until then, it requires a dedicated jack and a converter and a bunch of other hardware that would serve no other purpose. If TV on a Mac is valuable to you, buy a Formac ProTV.
[quote]<strong>Okay, you think that is unfair because it is passive watching? What if you had the opportunity to watch TV, but then on your Mac, rip that "herding cats" commercial (which could be done in a future iMovie3); overlaying the mp3 of Copeland's Grand Canyon Suite, and add it to the video of your cat sleeping on the window sill and put it on your iDisk website. Wouldn't that be cool?</strong><hr></blockquote>
Sure. But considering the industry's reaction to TiVo and the other, more liberal service whose name I'm forgetting, what are the odds that'll happen? The music, TV and movie industries are hellbent on annihilating fair use. You couldn't rip a commercial off a DVD right now without resorting to deep (and illegal) hackery. What makes you believe that a digital TV stream would be any different?
Even if hell freezes over and the industry allows such a thing to happen, it'll happen when the medium goes digital. Then you'd just plug in a FireWire cable and software would handle the rest. As with the rest of the digital hub.
[quote]<strong>That ain't no passive use of TV, it is the active harvesting of the most pervasive and accessible medium of popular culture on Earth.</strong><hr></blockquote>
That's certainly not what MS is interested in. They're interested in promoting "interactive" television in Windows to become a central clearing house for valuable customer data, and for any of the sort of transactions that marketers (and no-one else) have been salivating over for years: Clicking on Ally McBeal's blouse to order one for yourself, that sort of silliness.
Apple won't be interested until: TV is digital, and you can use it to create something.
[quote]<strong>You still don't want to watch TV on a Mac monitor? Why do they come with DVD drives then?</strong><hr></blockquote>
You don't want to listen to music over Mac speakers? Why do they come with CD drives then?
I'm currently kicking myself for recommending the baseline iBook to my mom. She's eyeing the new Britannica, which comes on DVD.
Of course, you can watch movies too, but that's for when there isn't a TV handy.
[quote]<strong>In 5 years 36" flat-panel screens will be accessible to the masses</strong><hr></blockquote>
We'll see where Apple is in five years then. It depends on a number of variables, not many of which are under Apple's control.
[quote]<strong>Desktop Broadcasting. We are closer to that then you might think.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Actually, between iMovie and QTSS, we're very nearly there. Everything's in place except the bandwidth.
But that is only tangentially related to Desktop Receiving, which is what TV-on-Mac really is.
[ 01-08-2002: Message edited by: Amorph ]</p>