Wednesday, August 23, 2006

How Apple could make an iPod for television. By Steven Johnson - Slate Magazine

Interesting perspectives on Apple's potential in the home entertainment space from Steven Johnson.  FWIW I have one of the Logitech remotes he describes in the article, and mine works well.  I also suspect Steve Jobs will propose to sell an end-to-end solution in this context; playing well with others is not something Apple is known for...

There's one big problem here: An iTV would need to play well with others. Most people aren't just going to chuck their entire system to buy Apple's home theater alternative. Look at me: I'm obviously a believer in Apple's ability to fix this problem. Still, I'd much prefer not to sell my new LCD TV on Craigslist, and Time Warner is forcing me to use their cable box for HD DVR features. So for me, the ideal Apple home AV product is one that somehow makes my existing system work but without forcing me to start over from scratch.

Source: How Apple could make an iPod for television. By Steven Johnson - Slate Magazine

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