- Oct 15, 2011
I just heard a rumor of an Apple HDTV for 2013 that is going to include SiRi. How badass is this!
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They'd be absolutely nuts not to offer an ATV-like device to bring iOS features to any television. A large format HDTV is a big investment, and what Apple needs for this to work is mass adoption. And to get that, they need to keep offering a <$100 solution to get their services into your television. But offering an all-in-one turnkey solution is very Apple and stands to net them a much higher profit margin. So why not?I wish they'd stick with the current AppleTV format. Embedding it into a tv brings up all kinds of problems.
Exactly. Even discounting the advancements in flatscreen technology in 5-7 years, there is no way that the computing hardware will last that long. Especially if they go the current route of mimicking the iPhone platform to do it. Hell, even if they up the ante and run it all on a core i3, I'm not sure that'll do the job for more than a few years. So at that point your screen is working just fine, but the software is no longer supported because your old processor can't handle it.TV's are big investments with people updating once every 5-7 years (does that sound about right). It would have to be more compelling then simply dropping Apple TV into a television. It would have to do everything my TiVo does -- and better.
Selling TVs with their services already included would allow them to augment the halo effect they already get from their other digital consumer devices. The profit margin would be much higher than the little stuff like iPods and iPhones I would think. And if they're priced competitively and are aesthetically pleasing, I could see them being popular if the service behind them takes off.While I think ATV will certainly mature and improve having it in an Apple branded TV does not seem like the TV could add too much to the equation.
I think they realize the sports dilemma, which is why they've added MLB, NBA, Hockey, etc. Of course, you still can't watch stuff that conflicts with other licenses (like local games), but at least they're moving in the right direction.Apple should just buy up Netflix. That would at least get them in the door.
But they need live content, too. Sports, news, and such. Cable has monopolized most local markets (for example I can't watch Phillies games here in Philly if I don't have Comcast cable) and it has stagnated prices and services for a long time now. Apple vs Cable is a battle I would simply love to see.
Margins on TVs have been dropping steadily as the market becomes saturated with HD TVs in every home.Selling TVs with their services already included would allow them to augment the halo effect they already get from their other digital consumer devices. The profit margin would be much higher than the little stuff like iPods and iPhones I would think. And if they're priced competitively and are aesthetically pleasing, I could see them being popular if the service behind them takes off.
Exactly. That is what is kind of strange in the Netflix backlash: the increase in price would have been nothing for cable companies, or even satellite providers.I don't want to have to pay an annual subscription to watch my local teams in my own town. That's absurd.
Then again, I pay $100 a month for cable TV, which is also pretty absurd.
I don't see it being big for them in that way, no. But if you have a cheap system (ala $100 ATV) with solid service behind it, why not also have a line of screens to put it in just to get a bit of your name and aesthetic into that market? It would just round out their foray into the TV market.It would need to be truly ground-breaking tech that causes people to go out and replace their existing HD systems with an Apple TV. I just don't see it.