One thing the iTV needs!

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by kristoffer4, Dec 18, 2006.

  1. kristoffer4 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2006
    A display! A display so you play music without having to turn your tv on...anyone agree? :)
    And merry Christmas BTW.
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    No, not really, it would have to be crazily small and so therefore pointless.
  3. Danksi macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2005
    Nelson, BC. Canada
    We've had a Squeezebox 2 for a while now and the small display they use works well. It would be a nice feature not to have to use the TV for music, as that's the most often used resource in our place.
  4. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    Wouldnt that make it an iMac? :rolleyes:
  5. LeviG macrumors 65816

    Nov 6, 2006
    Norfolk, UK
    Personally I would rather see a (preferably touchscreen) remote which displays what youre playing, time, chapter etc. Works over the wifi network in a home and can also be used to syncronise playback of multiple devices such as the airport express etc. Use a intel xscale processor and it would be nice and compact with about a 3" display :)
  6. ddekker macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2006
    what iTV needs is just to be more than a ohh yes, I forget this is mac big tivo fan here so apple has a big hill to climb.. Tivo product is awesome, but they sure can't seem to market worth a crap..

  7. MacVault macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2002
    Planet Earth
    ITV Needs an xServe Mini

    I have an iBook with small hard drive which is full. I cannot buy anymore content from iTunes to play on the ITV. So, Apple needs to announce an innexpensive headless home network storage device with Gigabit Ethernet, RAID (or ZFS), etc.
  8. techster85 macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2006
    Lubbock, TX
    so should I wait to buy a tv tuner for my mac pro? Would the iTV be an equivalent to say the Hybrid? Perhaps I have missunderstood what the iTV is capable of...?
  9. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    We should know soon enough.

    I'm hoping some kind of Home NAS will be part of the package too. (iServe?)

  10. aspro macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2005
    Hobart, Australia
    I hope it can play a large variety of formats, as I don't want to have to reencode all of my non-ipod compatible files. So I hope that something like perian is available for it.
  11. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    It's not a rumor. It's vaporware.

    A rumor is unannounced. Vaporware is announced, but not available.
  12. NightStorm macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    The iTV needs to have a storefront interface to the iTunes store so that people can make purchases from the couch without having to run to their Mac... I wrote a little bit about this on my personal blog.

    At least IMO. I know I would be more likely to make impulse movie/video purchases, as I already do with music at the iTunes Store.
  13. Yvan256 macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2004
    Vaporware is usually reserved for non-existing things, though. Like that Phantom game console, for example. Or Duke Nukem Forever. :D
  14. savar macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2003
    District of Columbia
    If it's using WiFi, then it could be controlled from iTunes just like the AirPort Express.
  15. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Yeah, you've misunderstood. "iTV" is a device that plugs into your TV and allows streaming of your music/photos/videos from your Mac via your home network (wired or wireless).

    It has it's own OS (looks like a fancy Front Row) and uses that to allow you to browse your library remotely. It pulls your media to the TV rather then you pushing the music to the speakers a la Airport Express.

    It would appear to have a built-in gateway to the iTunes Store allowing playback of movie trailers and it's rumoured to allow you to make purchases from your TV set. It apparently has a built-in HDD which would allow for buffering of media streamed over slower networks and to store certain media.

    It has a USB port which would suggest you can plug an iPod in and (hopefully) use the "iTV"s OS to browse your iPod's library. It has a HDMI port which would suggest playback of HD media as well as supporting component video and analogue and digital audio.

    It doesn't appear to have a TV tuner built-in, it's more for watching downloaded content.
  16. rockstarjoe macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2006
    washington dc
    I still think it would be nice (and relatively easy / cheap for Apple to accomplish) for the iTV to be able to stream your music/video similar to a Slingbox, so that for example when you are at work or away from home you could watch streams of your videos or listen to your music remotely. Also would integrate nicely with the mythical phone. I'm not suggesting that it should be able to placeshift your actual TV/Cable (like a slingbox), just the media that you already have in iTunes. I doubt that it will happen though :rolleyes:
  17. zflauaus macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2004
    What the iTV Needs...

    Are S-Video and Composite outputs for those of us who don't want to buy a new HDTV.
  18. Raid macrumors 68020


    Feb 18, 2003
    What the iTV needs

    well I'd like to see iTV come out with the ability to record from your cable box (like the mighty TiVo). Having a PVR option that works seemlessly with my mac and/or has a mac like OS that can be networked is my dream....

    Sadly with iTMS selling shows and movies it's probably not going to happen.
  19. OdduWon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2006
    If i am to say that "I" tv then that is to say that i watch all the new shows and never miss a new episode. Now, if i have an itv the only way to be a true tv heads personal savior is allow recording of content. Perhaps apple will allow this with a DRM attatched, of strictly for transfer to ipod (and only viewable through iTunes/iPod or iTV).
    or maybe this will allow apple to get more movies in their store by making the tv companies more money by making it available to record from your tv for small fee :rolleyes: . apple doesn't want to step on toes,but come on!!, People have been recording pay-per view for years now on there VHS recorders, why not allow this option to us now???...oh yeah the tv companies would have enough money to pay (insert name of over payed actor here) XX million to say a few lines and look pretty. Damn you tv. wish i could just record extreme engineering, that would make my year :)

    lets hear it for itv, now i can pay twice :eek: to watch something "good" on tv :rolleyes: :p
  20. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    So you want a TV built into something that hooks up to a TV?
  21. MacVault macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2002
    Planet Earth
    No. He means like a tiny informational display just to display the name of the track, etc. I think this is a great idea!

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