Tim Cook hints Apple could be a part of 'major changes in media'

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  • Reply 21 of 42
    msanttimsantti Posts: 1,377member
    I bought the original Apple TV about a month after it came out in early 2007.

    Been waiting for this for 8 years now!
  • Reply 22 of 42
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,976member
    sockrolid wrote: »
    (And yeah, anybody but Eisner.  He hated "Lost" because he couldn't control it or something.)

    But I'm sure he loved the paychecks it was earning him.
  • Reply 23 of 42
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,976member
    relic wrote: »

    First, how are you? I hope you're doing well, and second, where do you find the time to learn about so many different pieces of CE? ;)
  • Reply 24 of 42
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    Originally Posted by Relic View Post

     

    I personally would add something like the Minix X8-H...


     

    The review link displays an altogether different remote.  The one you pasted in separately: how does it sidestep accidental QWERTY presses when using the "front"?

  • Reply 25 of 42
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    Originally Posted by Relic View Post

     

     

    I personally would add something like the Minix X8-H to your media hub to compliment your Apple TV if your frustrated. Not only is the remote fantastic with a built in keyboard on the rear, it handles pretty much every streaming service and media types available, including HBO Go,  4K video, the ability to install apps, including games, web browsers and of course the best app for media consumption there is, Kodi (XBMC). I dont get US channels here but with Kodi I am able to stream pretty much every TV channel around the world for free, I'm really enjoying Australian TV at the moment. If your a student and live with a bunch of people the Minix is the best thing you can have in the house, you'll be a guaranteed hit. Don't forget to add the repository from https://superrepo.org/, HD TV, 4K Movies,  HighDef Music, just about every conceivable type of streaming media is available. Its also very quick for a TV setbox, well it has to be if it's going to stream 4K, GeekBench 834 SingleCore / 2413 MultiCore. It also works great with either an Xbox or Playstation controller,  previous or new models. Now it does cost twice as much as a Apple TV but your also getting twice the machine,  including;  2GB of RAM,  16GB storage,  SD card reader,  3 full sized USB 2.0 (HD storage,  mice,  keyboards,  game controllers,  cam) and one micro USB (OTG),  Gigabit Ethernet,  audio out (both optical and analog 3.5mm),  microphone in (Karaoke), Airplay, Miracast,  NFC,  Bluetooth (can display your iPads desktop,  the iPad can also be used to control XBMC. The Apple TV is a great device but the Minix ups the game to a whole new level and is an absolute must have for any media junkie. 

     

     

    http: //linuxlookup.com/review/minix_neo_x8_h_media_hub_review


     

    Thanks!! I will be sure to check this out. By the looks of it, this is the closet to what I was looking for. My partner will finally see the value of me being on this site so often.  ;)

  • Reply 26 of 42
    relic wrote: »

    I personally would add something like the Minix X8-H to your media hub to compliment your Apple TV if your frustrated. Not only is the remote fantastic with a built in keyboard on the rear, it handles pretty much every streaming service and media types available, including HBO Go,  4K video, the ability to install apps, including games, web browsers and of course the best app for media consumption there is, Kodi (XBMC). I dont get US channels here but with Kodi I am able to stream pretty much every TV channel around the world for free, I'm really enjoying Australian TV at the moment. If your a student and live with a bunch of people the Minix is the best thing you can have in the house, you'll be a guaranteed hit. Don't forget to add the repository from https://superrepo.org/, HD TV, 4K Movies,  HighDef Music, just about every conceivable type of streaming media is available. Its also very quick for a TV setbox, well it has to be if it's going to stream 4K, GeekBench 834 SingleCore / 2413 MultiCore. It also works great with either an Xbox or Playstation controller,  previous or new models. Now it does cost twice as much as a Apple TV but your also getting twice the machine,  including;  2GB of RAM,  16GB storage,  SD card reader,  3 full sized USB 2.0 (HD storage,  mice,  keyboards,  game controllers,  cam) and one micro USB (OTG),  Gigabit Ethernet,  audio out (both optical and analog 3.5mm),  microphone in (Karaoke), Airplay, Miracast,  NFC,  Bluetooth (can display your iPads desktop,  the iPad can also be used to control XBMC. The Apple TV is a great device but the Minix ups the game to a whole new level and is an absolute must have for any media junkie. 
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    http: //linuxlookup.com/review/minix_neo_x8_h_media_hub_review

    Nice, but that fugly Android logo thingy on the remote is enough to kill it for me. No way that I'll have a piece of CE like that in my household, even if they paid me to have it.
  • Reply 27 of 42
    kent909kent909 Posts: 708member
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    Originally Posted by SockRolid View Post

     



    That would be quite interesting.  But does Apple want to compete against other content providers?

    It might lead to cancelled streaming contracts if, for example, an Apple show crushes a Disney show.

     

    (And yeah, anybody but Eisner.  He hated "Lost" because he couldn't control it or something.)


     

     

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    I'd still love to see Apple hire Bob Iger to head an Apple entertainment division once he leaves Disney.


     

     

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    Originally Posted by sagan_student View Post



    This WWDC can't come soon enough. The remote app and Apple TV are becoming more and more of a frustration. Whatever they do I'm pleading with apple 'do it sooner'! Whew, feels good it get that off my chest.



    Can someone shed some light on maybe a deeper understanding of what is meant by the rumour 'Apple's solution to subscription TV' is subscription streaming TV? Cause I sure hope it's not!



    I agree. This is the part of all these rumors that leave me doubting that anything is really going to change. As long as channels are packaged in a set group it will be the same thing we have now. Now if you want to package channels purely on the subscribers choice than that would be a good thing. Each channel would have a set price depending on what it is. HBO is $15 and a channel like Velocity would be $2. Discounts would be given for packages. An example would be 10 channels bought individually would cost lets say $35, but would be discounted to $28 as a package. The more you buy the cheaper the cost per channel. But it would only be channels that you actually want to watch. If they don't just think out of the box but instead blow it up, this may just be more of the same. Here's hoping.

  • Reply 28 of 42

    Hope Apple TV will include TCM in their mix of options - love B & W - for that I'd pay for access.

    Still can't access the PBS option - set up account with PBS but a 'code' that you need can't be found.

    Google had a code for PBS Kids - not the same - even Apple community has no answer.

    LOVE the direction Apple is going - but if I really LOVE a movie I'll buy the Blu-ray - commentaries & extras that iTunes extras don't have.

  • Reply 29 of 42
    mac_128mac_128 Posts: 3,399member
    slprescott wrote: »
    I wonder whether Apple will expand into producing new content -- as Netflix has done over the past few years -- to differentiate itself from just being a means to disseminate existing content.

    My guess: no, because it's much harder to predict the sales potential of artistic work than technology-based products that go through years of R&D. Apple may not want to inject such an unpredictable revenue stream into their mix.
    That's not how Apple does anything. Look at Pixar, Steve Jobs invested in it because he loved what they were doing. He supported a startup financially and stayed out of their artistic business to great success. Apple would be a refreshing change to the current studio system if they follow their same philosophy ... Rather than constantly seeking the next hit, they just create good and useful products. That's the same model that could reform the film business, and I'm certain what made Pixar a force to be reckoned with -- even Disney realized they shouldn't screw with them.
  • Reply 30 of 42
    jbdragonjbdragon Posts: 2,034member

    Paying Apple $20-$40 whatever for a Package of channels for their TV service as Rumors say is not Innovative.   Let alone anything new.  It's moving from paying Comcast or whoever for a bunch of crap to Apple for a bunch of crap.   As a Cable cutter, that would be no solution at all.  Paying $15 a month for HBO Now?  That's not even a solution.  That alone is to much money.    I'll hold out judgement until there is some real facts, but bundling a bunch of channels and calling it good is nothing new and not wanted!!!

  • Reply 31 of 42
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    Hmm..... :/



    (I think I can safely say that, despite his lack of a college degree, let alone a graduate degree, Steve Jobs would have never uttered something like that. At least, not in public.).

     

    You're really nitpicking that he didn't say "as well as I can"? Tim knows the difference. I have heard him use good/well correctly. He was focusing more on using words that analysts wouldn't run away with, as opposed to displaying pristine grammar.

  • Reply 32 of 42

    You're really nitpicking that he didn't say "as well as I can"? Tim knows the difference. I have heard him use good/well correctly. He was focusing more on using words that analysts wouldn't run away with, as opposed to displaying pristine grammar.

    Yes, I was. Thanks for noticing.

    I have no clue about what you mean re analysts.
  • Reply 33 of 42
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    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post





    Yes, I was. Thanks for noticing.



    I have no clue about what you mean re analysts.

     

    "And speaking to Wall Street analysts, he admitted that his company could play a part in those changes." Tim was on a call with analysts.

  • Reply 34 of 42

    "And speaking to Wall Street analysts, he admitted that his company could play a part in those changes." Tim was on a call with analysts.

    I am sorry, but what does speaking well -- or should I say 'speaking good' -- have to do with analysts!?

    Your point is totally lost on me!
  • Reply 35 of 42

    Apple YouTube?

  • Reply 36 of 42
    xixo wrote: »
    Now that the Comcast / Time Warner Cable merger is off, Apple will likely resume their planned deal with TWC to offer AppleTV to their subscribers.
    That would be a good idea. From personal experience, I have found you can negotiate with Time Warner and make deals. However, Comcast is "gimme, gimme, gimme" - always insisting on getting 101% of any deal. Comcast is impossible to negotiate with!
  • Reply 37 of 42
    relicrelic Posts: 4,735member
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    Originally Posted by dasanman69 View Post



    x56

    First, how are you? I hope you're doing well, and second, where do you find the time to learn about so many different pieces of CE? image

     

    Good question, first, I'm addicted to tech and gadgets, so I will always make time. I also read a lot, I mean alot, I have probably subscribed to

    I'm making up for lost time, I was in the hospital for almost a year fighting breast cancer as you know and I actually should be dead, I am still no where near out of the wood but I’m a fighter. So I am spending as much time as possible with my family, friends, tech and music interests and driving my little speedster. Unfortunately that means I don't come around here as often anymore because those things keep me pretty busy, during the day when the kids are at school I do visit other other forums but their mostly programming sites and I actually program while also playing with my huge hardware collection. I don't try to do everything at once but I do work a little on multiple projects per day. Example, I'll devote half my day on my clustering software and the other writing music or practicing the violin, with a few doggy walks in between. I still like popping my head in here at least once a day though to read all of the silly things you guys say as it makes me happy. I have to say that I've never seen such devotion to a single company like you guys give here, it's a little overwhelming sometimes but that’s what makes this site special. So I try to fit as many activities as my body can take during the day which sometimes means I just veg out in front of the TV or read.

    I'm addicted to tech and gadgets, so I will always make time for my passion and I read a lot, I mean a lot. I have probably subscribed to every computer magazine on Zinio that there is in German, English, French and Italian. I also don't own something for long, when I buy a new laptop I will only have it for about 6 months. I figured it out a long time ago that I could have a new machine every 6 months for the same price as buying one and holding it for 4 years. The trick is to buy the best in it's class, keep the original box and always buy the extended warranty. Smaller gadgets unfortunately don't work the same way but I tend to keep those for a while anyway as I enjoy collecting them. Regardless what I do with them I buy a crap load of smalls? I consider something like the Minix as a small. Which means I have constant flow of new tech to play with.



     I also surround myself with very geeky people, some one I know always has something new to show, that's how I found out about the Minix. I was actually very happy just using a ChromeBox and an Apple TV but than a close friend showed me his Minix. Honestly it takes a lot to really impress me but I fell hard for it. Not really for the hardware per say, though the Minix is the best in it's class and is with out a doubt impressive but what got me hooked was the app Kodi or XBMC. I finally had a way to watch any American or other countries TV shows in HD. 

    I do have a lot of gadgets and computers, a little to many actually. I mean I actually have a 12 node Blade system. Each node contains 2x Intel Xeons X5650, 16B RAM, 2X 146GB, the server contains slots for 2 more for a total of 14 Blade slots. Who has one of these in their home. Ebay and local auctions, God help me, are my Kryptonite. I mean what do you do when a Blade system that comes with 6 nodes costs only 800 CHF's, original price was over 30 grand. Another example of excess, Nvidia has a developer board for it's K1 processor called the Jetson, I started out with 1 and now have 5, in a cluster configuration of course. I also connected an external BluRay drive meant for a notebook to it and use it as a BluRay ripper and encoder, 23 minutes, that's how long it takes to rip and encode an entire movie, the slow part is the actual copying over part from the disc. I wrote the entire program myself, it utilizes the Jetson 192 CUDA cores to encode. Yes, yes, Open CL is better, blah, blah, but I couldn't find anywhere near the amount of code for Open CL that is available for CUDA. Than there is the community for the Jetson, these guys are a blast and want to help in every aspect of each others project as they also want to use the finished code in their stuff. My Code has become so popular that I had to create an auto responder for my email to ask people to please post their questions in the forums and not directly to me. I was also responsible for quite a few development boards being sold and as a thank you Nvidia sent me a beta version of their new development board. I had to sign a NDA so all I can say is, holy crap is this thing fast. I cant wait to get my hands on their new Shield Console.

     

    Right now I’m using my Shield Tablet as my main TV gaming machine as it has a great feature that allows you to stream games from a PC to the Shield. I don’t have a gaming computer but my son does and he’s very lucky to have a mother who also likes to game as when we first put the machine together we bought him 2 R980x's, a middle range card but when paired it's extremely fast, especially when you add a third one which he did after receiving the third card for Christmas also my doing, can you say ulterior motives. There not so expensive either, I think we paid 240 for the last one. Now it’s a beast of a machine that plays every game in full HD,H with everything on Max without breaking a sweat. Anyway I’ve been really enjoying the new GTA V for PC.

     

    My monitor in my little studio also has a built in Nvidia K1 for it’s multimedia mode, also with the streaming software from Nvidia, so I have been sneaking down in the middle of the night to play. I got busted this morning when my son complained that his PC was going bananas at night, note to self, water cooled. By the way my Lenovo 4K Monitor is bitchin, the Android version installed was meant as a multimedia mode but I use it as a dumb terminal to administer my servers, surf and document creation with MS Office for Android. The K1 is so quick that the machine actually feels like a proper computer, If I had to I could use it as my main PC without issue, with Arch Linux installed of course. One of the reasons why I am so excited about the new Shield Console, Nvidia X1 CPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, SD card reader and 2 USB 3.0 ports for an external hard drive, HDMI out. Install Linux on it and this would be one heck of a PC for only 200 bucks. Why would someone on a budget buy anything else, you can even play games like Crysis 3 for goodness sake. My little Jetson boards are already super fast and the X1’s GPU is supposed to be twice as fast, man I can’t wait. I’m buying 3 of them out of the gate. So yeah I love their stuff, everything I own from them has been superb, My Shield Tablet, Tesla cards (two of which are in a Nvidia Desktop), Nvidia Jetson, and my Nexus 9 and Lenovo Monitor. After I donated some Shield Tablets and the Handheld, Nvidia gave me a developer model of the Shield Tablet, it contains the same specs as the Google Tango, minus that cool 3D camera of course after I showed the public relations girl what I was doing with my Jetson Board. At the time I only had one, it was a great distraction while in the hospital. Since than I’ve also bee getting goodie box’s filled with shwag, T-Shirts, bracelets, necklaces, hats, polo shirts, stickers, cases for the Shield, controller (we now have 4 in the house), etc.

     

    I was even invited to one of their functions, in which I had a really nice time. While there I struck up a conversation with one of their media relations people, a very lovely man and I asked if he knew of a place where I could buy a Nvidia D870, a desktop unit for the Tesla. At this point it was discontinued but I just wanted the case. He thought for a second and asked me to follow him. We entered a room that was stacked high with boxes, he walked over to one, opened it and asked me if this is what I was looking for. I simply replied, oh yes, yes it is, he in returned simply said, where did you park. Now at this point in time the D870 can be found on eBay for about 100 bucks but this was a wonderful surprise regardless. I took home my prize and a week later took out the two older cards, updated the controller board from 8x PCIe to 16x and inserted two used GTX780’s that I painstakingly flashed and soldered into two Tesla K20's.



    So I finally got tired of waiting and just bought a Nokia X1 from a importer located in Zurich. Cost me 80 bucks more on top of the listing price but I just couldn’t wait. It's a must have tablet guys, if it comes out in the US with a starting price of 250, same as in China I have no doubt that it will be big hit. Everything about it feels premium and it's surprisingly quick, real quick. I thought such a low price would mean a hit in performance, not at all, everything opens up instantly, switching between apps is fluid, beautiful screen, Photoshop Touch has almost no lag which is surprising, in fact PS feels faster on the Nokia N1 than my Nexus 9. The display is crisp and bright with a good color gamut. Now I don't really like the L Launcher but I always install Smart Launcher 2 anyway so it's not a big deal. Also the camera isn’t the best, the front camera is fine and delivers good performance in apps such as Skype or Hangouts but as a shooter it leaves a lot to be desired, who uses their tablets as a camera anyway. Anyone looking for a really nice tablet that delivers the goods and what I can only call surprisingly fantastic performance and without the hefty price tag that usually follows such a well built tablet than look no further. This is without a dou t the best Android tablet you can get for under 300, I mean nothing else even comes close, except the original iPad Mini but like I said above, I prefer Android 5 so I would defiantly go with the Nokia, plus you get better specs than original entry $250 iPad Mini like a Retina display, 32GB of storage, 2GB of Ram, full multitasking and what I believe to be a more stable platform (seriously, I have yet see a single app crash or lag). I can’t wait to connect it to my new Macbook via USB-C. The comments made by people here about the Nokia N1 are really unfounded, anybody would be pleased to use this device including hard core Apple enthusiasts, it's that good. Also up close it really doesn’t look like the iPad Mini, it’s more like the new iPhone 6 with it's rounded edges and that’s a good thing.



    You know those Intel PHI's, get one. Not one of the newer ones as they cost a fortune but one of the first or second generation. Awesome, I got one one on EBAY a while back but didn’t really understand what I had until I finally installed it and used it. It's basically a computer within a computer. There's lot of ways you can offset CPU cycles to the PHI and its probably the main purpose for it but there are a million other uses, like a LAMP server, media encoder, app server, firewall, etc. The only catch is that you'll have to compile any app for the platform before you install. Which is fine as it's a great way to learn, but once done, vroom, 57 Core Xeon, 8GB of RAM at least the model I’m using, it’s not only amazing but at a price of under 200 bucks you owe it to yourself to get one. It's also a great platform to learn Open CL on.

    I listed everything that I did not to try and sell anyone on anyone device but just to list the things that I’m currently playing with. I’m really into HPC and distributed computing right now. Though the Blade system was defiantly to much so I’m defiantly selling it. Hopefully I’ll get back at least ¾ of what I paid for it. I think the Nvidia boards offer everything that I'm looking for to run all of my experiments on and use comfortably. Especially when the new model comes out and the new Shield Console which I’ll also hack into a Linux computer will be a welcomed addition. Laptops, I’ve consolidated everything down to my ThinkPad Yoga 12(main device), Google Pixel II(programming) and coming soon Macbook(couch tool). Workstations, Mac Pro(Music Creation, HPC projects[has external Tesla K40 via Thunderbolt case]), Sun Workstation(programming), HP Z(testing, replacing it with a new HP all in one Z Station), Panasonic 20” tablet(music creation, mixer) and when I’m feeling nostalgic I’ll fire up the ole SGI Tezron.

  • Reply 38 of 42
    relicrelic Posts: 4,735member
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    Originally Posted by sagan_student View Post

     

     

    Thanks!! I will be sure to check this out. By the looks of it, this is the closet to what I was looking for. My partner will finally see the value of me being on this site so often.  ;)


    I promise you won't be disappointed if you go down this route, also make sure you grab the set that includes the updated remote. If not it won't really matter as you can control the MINIX with your iPad or Android tablet using any number of the free XBMC apps. I actually prefer using a Logitech keyboard made for Smart TVs, it has an illuminated keyboard and trackpad making activities such as surfing a real pleasure. You can also control the MINIX using an Xbox controller, so your not limited with just using the included remote.

  • Reply 39 of 42
    relicrelic Posts: 4,735member
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    Originally Posted by PScooter63 View Post

     

     

    The review link displays an altogether different remote.  The one you pasted in separately: how does it sidestep accidental QWERTY presses when using the "front"?


     

    Just make sure that the package you choose comes with the updated remote, it's a free upgrade.

  • Reply 40 of 42
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,976member
    relic wrote: »
    Just make sure that the package you choose comes with the updated remote, it's a free upgrade.

    I'm definitely picking one up. Being able to get XBMC makes it worth the price. Thanks for the repository suggestion. Btw now that you have a Porsche, who gets the blowjob? :lol: Hang in there and tell cancer it can go fcuk itself.
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