“Not Steve Jobs’ most important comment during last night’s earnings call, but still interesting: Apple’s chief admits no one has succeeded yet at bridging your living room TV with the Internet — including Apple, whose Apple TV set-top box isn’t flying off store shelves,” Dan Frommer writes for SIlicon Alley Insider.
Jobs: I think the whole category is still a hobby right now. I don’t think anybody has succeeded at it and actually the experimentation has slowed down. A lot of the early companies that were trying things have faded away, so I’d have to say that given the economic conditions, given the venture capital outlooks and stuff, I continue to believe it will be a hobby in 2009.
Frommer writes, “Jobs is right — there’s probably still no pressing, mainstream demand for an Internet TV set-top box, especially if they’re going to have to cost $200-300… But that doesn’t mean there might not eventually be a market for something like the Apple TV — with a lower price tag and a few improvements.”
“We still think the Apple TV would benefit from a DVD drive — people still own/rent a lot of DVDs, and then the Apple TV would be able to replace something in the living room, not just add to the mess of cords. And we think opening the gadget up to video beyond Apple’s iTunes store and YouTube, sites like Hulu, MLB.TV, ABC/NBC/CBS/Fox… would be a smart, harmless move,” Frommer writes.
More in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Sam for the heads up.]