Apple HDTV Tuner?

Discussion in 'Mac Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jan 29, 2003.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    Mudbug notes that TechTV reported today that part of the reasoning behind the price drop on the 23" Apple LCD is that Apple intends to bring out a 23" HDTV-Tuner enabled LCD.
  2. macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    Wait, so the LCD would have a tuner in it? why not just use zoomed video (i think that's right) and have a PCI card that supports HDTV in, then you can use your computer as a tuner... i mean, i doubt Apple is going to compete in the way of actual HDTV sets...

    forgive me if i sound like an idiot, i have a very limited knowledge of this sort of thing...

  3. macrumors G4

    Jul 18, 2002
    I accidentally my whole location.

    There are about four different HDTV tuner cards for the PC, but none avalible for the Mac.

    Unfortunately, since the PCI buses of most PCs can't handle the full uncompressed HDTV sugnal, it has to output it through the card, using the video card as a pass through and the output is only VGA so you have to buy a $400 adapter to get it to work with an Apple display.

    On a lighter note, the HDTV cards for the PC compress the signal using hardware down tp 19.2MB/s so it fits nicely into the bandwith of FW400 with plenty of room to spare in FW800.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Jan 20, 2003
    New York
    i would love for apple to come out with a tv tuner. plain and simple. it would be a great idea.
    even though micro$oft would eventually do the same thing
  5. macrumors 65816


    Nov 1, 2002
    Why would Apple moving into that market be such a great thing?

    Reminds me of the late 80's early 90's when Apple lost their focus... they really did suffer back then. I hope they don't do that again.
  6. macrumors 68030


    Aug 4, 2002
    Madison, Wi
    I agree with yzedf, and I'm not convinced that television needs (or will be) part of the digital hub, Jobs hates TV anyways. I own a TV and that is what I generally watch DVDs and videos on, maybe down the road a few years a TV and computer will be two in the same, but I dont think that is plausible right now, not that it cant be done, but for lack of a market.
  7. macrumors 68000

    Over Achiever

    Jul 22, 2002
    Toledo, OH, formerly Twin Cities, MN
    It would be nice for me, with a powerbook, having the tuner built into the moniter is very helpful.

    And when I'm not using the computer, it can standalone and be a TV for me to watch HDTV...I would love it.
  8. macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
    Ah. So it could be a box with ADC in and out, and use a USB interface to control the tuner, making it very few cables. You don't get the TVR functionality that way, though.

    Nah, it makes no sense. Nobody is going to buy a 23" LCD because they want to watch TV.

    Maybe a physically bigger, but lower-resolution panel which hangs on the wall, and attaches to a headless iMac with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse?

    Gateway tried this market and failed, but presumably because Windows made it too klutzy and geeky. Apple could possibly do it, but I still find it pretty doubtful. Video games have only invaded the living room by heavily suppressing their computer lineage.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2002
    Microsoft has already stepped into this market with WindowsXP Media Edition. Apple has already tried this The Macintosh T.V and the Quadra AVs, Performa's, the 20th Anv.Mac Etc... all had built in tuners.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 2, 2003
    The land of delusions, CA.
    I can see why this made page 2...

    I can see why this made page 2...
  11. macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2003
    Washington, DC

    I've been advocating HDTV in Macs for quite some time right now. Given the general convergence of the TV and the computer, the success of recording programs like TiVo, the new waves of HDTV machines hitting the market with increasing demand, the beautiful Mac LCDs, and the fact that Apple always tries to stay on top of the newest things, I think a Mac + HDTV solution would be incredible. Personally I've been hoping for a PowerBook 15" with an HDTV tuner built-in (perhaps the coax connector can be through FW800). I watch most of my movies on my PC anyway--might as well bring in high-quality HDTV.

    My only question is can the powerbooks fit an HDTV tuner? How big are those things nowadays?
  12. macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2002
    Re: Finally!

    Do we really need to go over this again?
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2001
    Re: Finally!


    Isn't this a dead thread from just under a year ago? What made you this this was going to happen now??

  14. macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    See the "How many forum members does it take..." thread.:D
  15. Administrator emeritus


    Jun 28, 2002
    North Central Colorado
    wtf - this was from a year or so ago...
    probably the last time I watched techtv... :)
  16. Moo
    macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2003
    I've been using Apple products since '83. Working on my 6th or 7th Mac now. Since '84, lots of things have changed in the world of technology and for the most part, Apple has alway been ahead of the curve. Here is the ironic thing...The Mac is probably the best platform for creating HD content however, for playback or storage, we have no options.
    I will be picking up a new G5 in the next month or two (depending on when Steve Jobs announces new models), and when I do, it sure would be the icing on the cake if there was some new card, or device using FW800, or Wi Fi to do something new, elegant, and oh so simple and obvious but yet, previously unheard of ( remember when GUI, iPod, iTunes, the first computer without a flopy, the mouse etc. were introduced?)
    It certainly would be cool if something that operates in the HD arena came out of apple to become the next "Me Too" product of the next 5 years.
  17. macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
  18. Administrator emeritus


    Jun 28, 2002
    North Central Colorado
    yes, but not an HDTV tuner... the additional resolution requires a different tuner for the signal. EyeTV doesn't offer that (yet)
  19. macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2002
  20. macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2003
    Utica, NY
    There is talk of Apple asking for bids from companies

    to build such an item for the PowerMacs using Firewire 800 . Personally, I think Formac which makes the Studio dtv is the company that is the best prospect for such a product . The Studio DTV which is a great product , converts most types of anolog video to digital or the other way as well as a builtin tv tuner to create dvd quality quicktime movies . Plus by using their superdivideon Superdrive or Apple's superdrive , you can burn them to dvd-r . I would however, expect Apple to increase the resolution of their standard displays to at least 2056 X 1536 first so that HDTV could be displayed at its best (including the eMac ) .
  21. macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2003
  22. macrumors regular


    Aug 15, 2003
    this is a good idea. Gateway started selling consumer products like this and it's working out for them.

    Apple already makes the screen, they might as well have it so you can use it as a TV set too!
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2004
    maybe they will somehow use pixlet. hell someone has to
  24. macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    Say what you may but its a good idea to bring the tv into the digital hub. i have been wanting to add tv to my mac but since iam planning on a new mac this year iam waiting to see what apple does. when that new mac does come it will have Tv connected to it one way or another and then i can plant my big fat butt in this chair and not move it till im ready:)
  25. macrumors 65816

    Mar 14, 2003
    Sydney Australia
    Re: Finally!

    I can understand the benefits of HDTV on a huge screen (50" or bigger) but is there really much to gain on a 15" screen?

    Sure Apple, do it if it's simple... but the cost/benefit doesn't seem to make it here. (I am still all for Apple getting involved in my TV and stereo in several ways... just not this one)

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