Originally Posted by pixelcruncher
Ugh. No, no, no. I don't need this embedded in my choice of televisions. My HD monitor should be good for ten years, I don't need it tied to (or pay more for) a service that's going to be either gone, obsolete, or replaced in three. Upgradable software/hardware in a set-top media computer is the way to go.
Thank you! Yes, this is a TERRIBLE IDEA! Leave all the extra shit OUT OF MY TV. This is what all the boxes are for, so you can always use the same TV in the future.
--- By the way, if this turns into anything like Amazon "Unbox" video downloads, watch out as the terms of service are unbelievably HORRENDOUS and anti-consumer. In fact, I doubt they would ever hold up in court. But, just like on the new PS3 or xBox service, video *rental*
should be just fine. If I'm *renting*, I don't care how much DRM or stupid restrictions they put on as long as I can watch the damn movie over a 2-day period.
To survive, AppleTV needs a few things:1)
*Dramatically* expanded catalog of movie titles on iTunes Store for rental and purchase, especially HD versions2)
Update to support ALL THE MAJOR MEDIA FORMATS AND CODECS!3)
Open up access to software for developers to create plugins/extensions and other programs (DVR? games?)4)
Open up access to hardware for external USB HDDs.5) Do something completely innovative and new!