PC Magazine: Why Apple TV matters

Apple Store“While PC makers still believe the PC should be the center of the digital home, cable and telecom companies champion smarter set-top boxes and services. Companies such as Akimbo, Digeo, and Digital Deck also offer various twists on this theme, delivering a digital centerpiece for controlling, managing, sharing, and viewing all types of digital content,” Tim Bajarin writes for PC Magazine.

Bajarin writes, “Now Apple is extending its digital lifestyle concept to the TV, with Apple TV. I find this move by Apple very interesting and potentially important to the market because of the impact it may have on consumer trends. Of course, Apple is not the first to try to extend Mac/PC content to the living room; in fact, it’s five years late. Microsoft’s Windows Media Center has been doing this since 2002 with mixed results, and various other media adapters have come to market since then and gotten only minimal consumer acceptance.”

Bajarin writes, “On the other hand, you could say the same for Apple’s late entry into the MP3 space. Though MP3 players had been around since 1997, Apple’s iconic player didn’t arrive until 2002. The iPod’s design and simpler, easy-to-use interface has propelled it to a market share of more than 70 percent.”

Bajarin writes, “Although I don’t expect Apple to have quite the same spectacular results with its Apple TV product, the market impact may be similar to that of the iPod. Apple TV could make moving computer content around the house another mainstream digital activity.”

Full article, with mention of “Apple’s not-so-secret weapon: using its own retail stores to demonstrate how the product will work to mainstream consumers,” here.

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33 Comments

  1. I’m quite surprised how, slowly but surely, the Apple TV is gaining more and more mind-share among the the tech journalists.
    It’s almost as if it’s coming up fast on the inside lane, and getting ready to overtake the iPhone.

  2. Though I was not initially excited by Apple TV, it might prove more interesting than I expect.

    Just as I did not think the iPod was all that important, it was not until after I got one that I realize how wonderful it is to have music in my life with such ease … with the simple interface, large storage capacity, and iTunes making the difference…

    It will be interesting to see where Apple TV goes…

  3. I hope that the TV will eventually:

    1) support most, if not all, video formats including DiVX.

    2) add DVR functionality. That would make it unbeatable.

    3) play streaming DVD’s from the computer. (or, I’ll just have to rip ’em. Doh!)

    Hopefully Apple will add more functionality with software updates.

  4. Wow, are you dense. Apple TV is not the TV itself. It will be a new cable network that showcases apples. For instance, there will be documentaries on red delicious, granny smith, apple juice, and may even co-star the pear. There will also be new game shows like “Apple or No Apple”, “Who Wants to Eat an Apple”, and “Apple of Fortune”. It will be scintillating TV.

  5. This will definitely take time to develop, as there are a lot of factors that make this a more difficult sell than the iPod was.

    Broadband usage is one factor, especially if Apple improves the resolution of the video offerings. Anyone with less than cable modems will face long download times for these large files. Amazingly, there are still millions of people using dial up, forget about DSL.

    The bigger issue is the newness of 802.11.N for wireless streaming. Anyone with less than a 6 month old Mac will need to also buy a new wireless router, which ups the price of this concept substantially.

    You really need widespread adoption of some underlying technology before this can take off.

    If you look at the iPod example, it really only took off when it was made compatible with USB instead of FireWire only. Despite the fact that you could add FireWire to any windows box for $40 or $50, people wouldn’t have done it just so they could get an iPod.

    I’m just glad that my whole house is wired for 10/100 ethernet so I don’t have to worry about replacing my wireless router.

  6. The interesting point hre is how the cable companies are shooting themselves in the foot by not cooperating with Tivo and TTG. If you can’t record movies from cable, then the option of downloading them from iTunes becomes more appealing. Movie Studios win either way, but HBO etc will lose…

  7. Apple’s “secret weapon” is that they aren’t afraid to be the last to the party. The first company to release a product doesn’t necessarily gain the greatest market share – look at the iPod. Apple released their Apple TV now because it makes sense now – all the pieces are in place. Mafia$oft always wants to be the first in these new areas, but their execution sucks! They have no idea what consumers want or need.

  8. Well, Toby, the Apple TV is close to reality. It’s damn near tangible. People should start receiving their shipments in the coming weeks.
    The iPhone, though demonstrated, still feels kind of like a pipe dream, a mass hallucination, almost!

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