Apple Store“Remember how critics of Apple TV have complained that it can’t record ? Well, it turns out the makers of the Miglia mini HD have been chatting with Apple in a friendly way for a while now. Further, all Miglia products are now gone from the Apple Store,” Carl Howe writes for Blackfriars’ Marketing. “So what is up with that?”

Howe writes, “Here’s our marketing-colored glasses speculation: Apple may be planning to buy Miglia to add TV recording add-on capabilities to iTunes and Apple TV… Think about the typical application for Apple TV. It goes in the living room, and connects directly to your HDTV. What else is in there? Your TV antenna or cable connection, almost certainly. What better place to put a TV recording device?”

“The problem, though, is that Apple TV only has a 40 GByte hard disk. That’s not going to store much HDTV content; you’re going to get two or three movies at most. That doesn’t make a great DVR experience. But if the a Miglia TVMini HD+ could export the HD content it is recording back to a bigger disk on an iTunes-enabled Mac using Apple TV’s 802.11n Airport Extreme wireless network? Ah, now you’re talking,” Howe writes.

Howe writes, “The fact that the Miglia TVMini HD+ is an external USB device allows Apple to integrate the function without having to send the Apple TV back to the FCC for recertification. But why buy the company though? Well, you’re going to need some serious software integration on the iTunes end to recognize the Miglia device and use it properly. That’s not exactly in Apple’s interest if Miglia remains completely independent.”

Full article here.

Also, read The Apple Blog’s “Is Apple secretly working with Miglia?” article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Art C.” for the heads up.]

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