Apples Agenda for the media event?

btgordon

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Reposting from TUAW. Sorry if someone got it first
http://www.tuaw.com/2006/09/11/apples-agenda-for-the-media-event/

Looks like what we though: streaming playback to TV and new nano. No new "video" iPod. Sorry if this has been posted already.

No mention of MBP merom. I personally dont think it is coming out untill late september.

QUOTE:
"...Let's just say I have been informed by a little reliable birdy about Tomorrow's event. The line-up will follow this similar structure:

* Welcoming of Media Members
* Discussion on iTunes software, iTMS integration into iTunes, and iTMS sales and facts.
* Announcement of iTunes version 7.0
* Announces better search feature for Music Store
* Announces Movie Store. Available Immediately will be movies from Disney and Pixar, among other studios.
* New iPod Nano Announcement (nice brushed casing, while it will have same features as first gen, only a longer battery life)
* New iPod Announcement (Widescreen, Bluetooth, and featuring virtual touchweel. Does not include Wi-Fi, or any other protocols)
* One More Thing....TubePort. A $99 2-piece set that includes a dongle that connects via USB to your mac, and another dongle that connects via included HD cables or regular Component cables to your TV. The movie is accessed on your Mac via an iDisk-like storage component hosted by Apple.


Jobs will then explain the pricing structure of the Movie Store. Movies will be available as either a smaller iPod-format (which will cost $9.99 per movie), or as a larger, streamed movie to be streamed to your TV via TubePort. This cost $14.99 per movie. To purchase an iPod-formatted movie and a streamed version of the same movie, it will cost you $19.99."
 

Coolerking

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If that is the actual schedule of events I think it would be a 2 out of 5. But I really hope the fruit company from Cali has the proverbial Ace up the sleeve. Given this is their last chance to make an impression for x-mas I see them ramping it up a bit after the lackluster WWDC.
 

coal

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Tubeport?! Gross!

That sounds like the cure for some sort of parasitic intestinal worm one would pick up after drinking the water native to an equatorial locale.

Definitely not an Apple name!

Ah, rumors...
 

milozauckerman

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Streaming movies? I find that questionable.

Does USB have the bandwidth to carry a strong (DVD-quality) video signal to a television?
 

vega07

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oh god...this schedule doesn't sound very plausible.

tubeport? :eek: the name will taint apple.
 

jessep28

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That is the only criticism I have about Apple. They put out great computer products, but they rob people via their music and now video service.

There are others that will let you download watch unlimited movies for a flat fee. If this really catches on it could take a good market share chunk away from Netflix. However, this product is still in the intro or growth stage and the market is still being defined probably.
 

rtdgoldfish

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TubePort?? Why would Apple make something with a "USB Dongle" when they could just add video support to the AirPort Express?? Sounds like a load of crap to me...
 

Chundles

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rtdgoldfish said:
TubePort?? Why would Apple make something with a "USB Dongle" when they could just add video support to the AirPort Express?? Sounds like a load of crap to me...
Because whilst 802.11g doesn't have the bandwidth to stream decent sized video files, Ultra-Wideband or Wireless USB does.

I still think it's bollocks however.
 

milozauckerman

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There are others that will let you download watch unlimited movies for a flat fee.
Not necessarily a flat fee, but I think the market that could set download-to-own on fire is that old standby porn.

No more worries that wifey will open that brown box that came in the mail, and no more driving to the seedy end of town to browse through racks of fake boobs.

It worked for VCRs and DVD, it should work now.
 

livingfortoday

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I don't care what anyone says, I want a TubePort. I don't even own a TV, but it'd be a great way to get chicks to come over - "Hey baby, wanna come back to my place and I can show you my TubePort?"

Though I guess it would work better if a girl said it to a guy.
 

dongmin

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btgordon said:
Reposting from TUAW. Sorry if someone got it first
http://www.tuaw.com/2006/09/11/apples-agenda-for-the-media-event/ * One More Thing....TubePort. A $99 2-piece set that includes a dongle that connects via USB to your mac, and another dongle that connects via included HD cables or regular Component cables to your TV. The movie is accessed on your Mac via an iDisk-like storage component hosted by Apple.
This last bit sounds familiar. The blog post is possibly a rehash of all the rumors flying around. I call fake.

Anyways, can someone explain to me how this Tubeport thing works? Is it wireless USB or plain ol wired USB? I didn't think wireless USB was out in the market yet. And I'm a bit skeptical about how well this iDisk-like storage would work considering how bad iDisk is right now. And what if you wanted to take some videos on your MacBook on the road? Lots of questions (and questionable details).
 

scottkleinberg

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Oct 23, 2003
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has anyone ever wondered?

Why Steve Jobs is holding an event in California when Paris Expo is starting? I think there's something to the long distance thing. If you remember correctly, iChat was introduced between California and Paris. What if Steve is in California and Jonathan Ive is at Paris Expo with the new iPhone used as the video conferencing communication device?

Is that so far-fetched?
 

yoda13

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Am I the only one that is disturbed by Apple purportedly releasing a dongle...this one sounds fishy to me, but we'll see tomorrow. A dongle sounds un apple like though.
 

scottkleinberg

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Or, he could be in california and stream a movie across the Atlantic to Paris -- on an iPhone ... I just don't understand why he's not in Paris. Why California? There's a transatlantic component there and it makes no sense if it's not going to be a communication device.
 

jholzner

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jessep28 said:
That is the only criticism I have about Apple. They put out great computer products, but they rob people via their music and now video service.

There are others that will let you download watch unlimited movies for a flat fee. If this really catches on it could take a good market share chunk away from Netflix. However, this product is still in the intro or growth stage and the market is still being defined probably.
I don't see how it would impact netflix at all since they have a rental model and Apple's seems to be for purchase only. They won't be getting any of my money unless I can rent. I have no interest in buying a movie. I only rent now anyway.
 

Peace

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scottkleinberg said:
Or, he could be in california and stream a movie across the Atlantic to Paris -- on an iPhone ... I just don't understand why he's not in Paris. Why California? There's a transatlantic component there and it makes no sense if it's not going to be a communication device.
Jobs did this before and it had nothing to do with a communications device.

Simply put..Steve is dissing France for the DRM thing.
 

yg17

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If movies really are 20 bucks, then that's just a ripoff. Especially considering the fact that I pay 15 a month and get 2 DVDs at a time with Netflix.