“Apple’s iPod profoundly changed the way people experience music. What will it do for television? The industry was intrigued by Wednesday’s announcement that episodes of the hit ABC shows ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ‘Lost’ will be available for Apple’s new video iPod. Episodes will go on sale for $1.99 on iTunes the day after they are broadcast,” David Bauder reports for The Associated Press.
“The network’s affiliates were not told the deal was in the works before Wednesday, and they’re the people most likely to be concerned about its effect. Now the iPod will join digital video recorders and DVDs as another way of seeing TV programs other than their regularly scheduled times on the ABC stations,” Bauder reports. “Leon Long, chairman of ABC’s affiliate board and general manager of WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Miss., wasn’t worried. He said if viewers have the choice of watching ‘Desperate Housewives’ on wide-screen television or a two-inch iPod screen, they will almost certainly watch it on television. The iPod option will likely be attractive to people who missed an episode and want to keep up with the story, he said.”
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Sheesh, don’t tell Mr. Long that iPods can play the episodes not just on their screens, but on any other screens, too. Or that iTunes plays the shows without the need for an iPod at all.
Just a note that the new iPods can display audio and video on any TV or other video device using a US$19.99 Apple iPod AV Cable or S-video cable. An Apple iPod Universal Dock ($39.99) plus an Apple Remote ($19.99, included free with the new iMac G5) are a nice solution for using your iPod to play video on any size screen. You can also use Apple’s $19.99 VGA Display Adapter to connect the mini-VGA port on many Mac models to any VGA-equipped monitor or external projector for video-mirroring. The VGA cable plugs into the VGA video-out port built into your Mac. Or use Apple’s Apple Video Adapter to connect the mini-VGA video output port on your Mac to any S-video or Composite enabled device (TV, VCR, or overhead projector’s S-Video or RCA (composite) cable).
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