Apple’s ‘iTV’ Wi-Fi options

“You may have heard this already, but Macworld is next week and Apple is expected to show off its iTV, a hub that will let PCs and digital TVs transfer data wirelessly,” Michael Kanellos blogs for CNET News.

“But how? Video and music files are big, and transferring them inside a house beyond a few metres without glitches has always been problematic,” Kanellos writes.

Kanellos writes, “Apple says it will use a form of Wi-Fi, which is often subject to interference because the signals travel in the same spectrum as those that operate, among other objects, your garage door remote.”

Kanellos writes, “The possible solution is a specialised, proprietary form of Wi-Fi that insulates the signals from the hoi polloi.”

Full article here.

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16 Comments

  1. Hoi Polloi? I think I tried some of that at a Hawaiian Luau. Personally, I didn’t care for it. However, I’ve been putting off an Airport Extreme Base Station purchase until after the Stevenote in case he reveals an 802.11n device. ‘N’ is the next ‘G’ and already competing products from D*Link and LinkSys are on store shelves, though FCC approval is still pending.

    iTMS videos already have DRM, and wifi supports encryption. I doubt Apple needs to avoid the open standards on this one.

    MW = peace

  2. Greg,

    Steve already introduced the ‘iTV’ and demonstrated wireless-to-HDMI adapter. IOW, the ‘iTV’ device will wirelessly beam content to the flat panel hanging on your wall to a HDMI dongle. As far as ethernet and the rest – we’ll have to wait and see, but it surely makes perfect sense…

  3. “But how? Video and music files are big, and transferring them inside a house beyond a few metres without glitches has always been problematic,” Kanellos writes. Yeah file sharing over a wlan is REALLY hard to set up! If this is true then the general population are morons who shouldn’t be using computers at all!
    Let’s hope it’s not the case.

  4. If Apple can’t make it all work, then NOBODY can!

    Streaming media from my Mac would be extremely nice.

    I just got a Sony 40″ 1080p HDTV and having looked at standard TV vs. HDTV via cable and Blu-ray demos vs. my old DVD player’s output, I will NOT want Apple’s current iTunes low-res offerings. When I plugged my PowerBook into the RGB port and the TV monitor was INSTANTLY recognized and displayed FULL 1920 x 1080,with no chopped menu bar, etc. that I’ve heard can be a problem,i was floored! SwitchRes X even listed it as “SONY TV”. Slick!

    Making my Mac, hi-fi, video sources and HDTV all work together would be a HUGE coup for Apple. ALL of us Mac users, too, I must say!

    So, this means that to really take, or rather, MAKE the streaming market, Apple needs to be able to stream full-res 1080p video from my Mac. Does this mean that new Macs will need Blu-ray players? Probably at some point, but not at current prices.

    Maybe NEXT year!

  5. “The possible solution is a specialised, proprietary form of Wi-Fi that insulates the signals from the hoi polloi.”

    Hmmmmm…..Apple already uses a proprietary Bluetooth for their Nike + iPod receiver…..

    Different technologies but same concept.

  6. Unless the iTV can stream my EyeTV saved shows from the basement to my HDTV on the first floor, ITV is a non starter for me. It’s a royal pain in the arse to export the saved shows out of EyeTV into Quicktime. Takes forever, especially for a two hour show.

    If iTV doesn’t handle the EyeTV video, I’ll have to consider a mac mini in the Home Theater setup.

    MW: Money. No shit!

  7. It seems to be a popular myth that 802.11g can’t stream full-res DVD video and 5.1 sound (eg. PAL 720×576). I do it all the time. So streaming H264/MP4 and MP3 is pissing in the bucket of 11g’s bandwidth, if that makes sense.

  8. “Taking a lead from Star Trek, Apple have already decided that their transmissions will use subspace. It’s the future.” — Dirty Pierre le Punk

    So, in the future, all transmissions will have to go first, underwater?

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