Originally Posted by minderbinder
No, I didn't say I did.
I'm not sure what your point is.
You said they should have signed the deals before making the announcement. Unless you know what deals they signed, you don't know if they did, or didn't, sign the proper deals first. That's all.
Apple made a forecast, they shouldn't have made it until things were official (in whatever way they had to be official) and they knew they could meet it.
And no doubt they had good reason the believe they would meet their forecast.
They counted their chickens before they hatched, to use the old cliché.
This is the same problem they had with IBM, when they also forecast that we would get 3 GHz processors in a yeareven before a year. There's also no doubt that IBM assured them that it would happen, but it didn't. Every processor manufacturer got burned on 90 nm.
These things happen.
That's definitely possible. But assuming that's the case, apple should have known better than to make public promises based on studio "promises" made without a solid commitment (with consequences) to back them up.
It's just common sense not to make promises where delivery is contingent on third parties cooperating.
We don't know the consequences of the failure of the studios to have a sufficient number of films available. There could be penalties.
I do agree that is was a mistake to "promise" the number they did. I would have said that Apple hoped to have that number available by the end of February.