Rush Limbaugh: Apple TV and AirPlay are cool

Apple Online StoreMac, iPhone, and iPad user Rush Limbaugh yesterday covered some Apple tech gear in yet another free advertisement on what, since its inception on August 1, 1988, is the highest-rated talk radio show in the United States. The 3-hour Rush Limbaugh Show airs daily on a network of approximately 590 AM and FM affiliate stations.

Selected excerpts from Limbaugh’s January 6, 2011 program:

We’re being asked here, ladies and gentlemen, there was a story in USA Today, maybe yesterday, the day before, about how cable television is imperiled because people are now getting televisions equipped, the ability to watch Internet programming without having to have a satellite dish, without having to have cable or what have you, things like Apple TV and whatever others. I hooked that [Apple TV] up, a couple rooms in my house just to try it and to me, it’s cool. You download, buy TV shows or movies on iTunes, and watch it on your big screen. (interruption) Well, it’s 720p — it’s not 1080i or 1080p. That’s the drawback. On DirecTV some movies are 1080i. iTunes is 720 and of course the bigger you blow that up the less the picture quality is and there’s no closed-captioning on 95% of it, which is a drawback for me but still it’s cool.

Apple has this thing called AirPlay. You can sit there with your iPad and you can transfer what’s on your iPad to your big screen. So you buy a TV program on iTunes, you transfer it to your iPad, then you sit there and watch it on the iPad, and then hit AirPlay and it moves it, if you got it all set up right, to your television set, and you have control over it with your iPad controls, or whatever remote system that you use. I hooked it up just because it was cool to do. I need closed-captioning, though, or else I need a speaker right next to my ear. The farther away I am from a speaker the more echo, and especially if there’s a music soundtrack I’m dead trying to hear dialogue in a television show or a movie. But if I get a speaker, and I have one, a little remote wireless Bluetooth speaker that I put on the couch right next on my left ear, and I get about 90% of the dialogue that way.

You know, I watch a lot of stuff on DVD simply because of captioning. For example, there’s a show that I really like called Mad Men. Season four for Mad Men is available on iTunes, but it’s not captioned. The DVDs are not coming out ’til March 29th so some of this stuff actually ends up on iTunes, and Netflix, I’m not trying to leave any of these others out, I just use iTunes, but I have Netflix, too, but I don’t want to say anything about it. I use iTunes. But stuff is available much sooner than they put it on DVD in many cases, but the DVD has the captioning, these other shows don’t.

Full excerpt, “Tracking Cool Tech Advances,” here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]


  1. More free advertising for Apple from Rush!

    I wonder how much it would cost to place a live 5-minute ad on U.S. radio stations nationwide within the country’s highest-rated talk show, using the show’s famous host as pitchman?

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