They could improve that, but I think it makes more sense to work from such a box rather than a television set, especially if they could work out better integration with other idevices and things. It sounds gimmicky, yet Apple does some gimmicky things that are well marketed at times. In terms of selling large displays, trying to pull Apple margins out of such devices usually results in cutting corners. Displays are one of Apple's biggest problem areas when it comes to getting the supporting electronics just right to make a reliable device with good longevity.The UI is already taken care of with the Apple TV.. Why make a TV for that.
All companies look for growth opportunities. The bad thing is when they run out of ideas and try to grow profits by trimming costs. That arguably happens already, but I'm referring more to an increase in such behavior.Obviously; there just isn't enough money in it for Apple.
You can't watch Live TV without cable subscription....you just can't. That's the point.you basically can. iTunes season pass. Only issue is timing. But Apple could probably find a way around that based on IPs etc. iF the producers, nets etc were willing to play ball.
Technically, there isn't much "live" television being shown, outside of sports. And sports you can (mostly) watch live streaming without a cable subscription, outside the archaic local broadcaster blackout nonsense.You can't watch Live TV without cable subscription....you just can't. That's the point.
Well, I hope you're right. Not sure how they're going to get (eg) HBO to agree to that licensing, but if they have in fact done it, good for them and (most especially) good for the rest of us!Apple TV box is not live and it won't be live at first. If you buy the TV, your channels will be live.
Think of the new TV as a hybrid without requiring a cable subscription. It will be industry changing.
First of all, HSDarryl, you are correct. Anyone on this board (or users of Hulu, etc) that think TV will suddenly become free need to wake up! It's not going to happen. Cable companies are FORCED to sell every Discovery channel station as a package, or they get none of those channels. The cable companies aren't great, but they are only half the problem.There's 2 examples. Apple likes it's profits too. It likes very fat margins. Do we really think that Apple would spend the HUGE money to fiber wire the nation(s) and then sell us al-a-carte at $5-$10-$20/month? Why would they do that? Everything we see from Apple revolves around serving up a premium experience for a premium price. How do we go from them wiring the nation(s) to the dream of dirt cheap programming?
I am pretty sure, that on most systems you can block those channels from the UI so you don't even see them. But really, why do you care what is on stations you don't watch? They don't cost you anything, more importantly, they subsidize your cable so you don't have to pay as much. You should be grateful they exist, and that you don't have to watch.I would pay 50 bucks a month for the 30 channels I want. I have 200, but over half are infomercials 24x7.
Thanks for the response. I heard somewhere that the average cable subscriber pays something like $130-$300 a month for service. And I agree that there's no chance an ala-cart $30/mo tv/internet/cloud service would work, but it doesn't have to. The tv market is so ripe for change its rotting on the ground. I'm pretty sure that people will pay a lot for an improved experience. We're almost as addicted to tech as we are cars, at some point you can put a high value on tech services. (I have friends who are broke and unemployed, and the first thing they do when the lose/break their iphone, is go and buy another one.)There's 2 examples. Apple likes it's profits too. It likes very fat margins. Do we really think that Apple would spend the HUGE money to fiber wire the nation(s) and then sell us al-a-carte at $5-$10-$20/month? Why would they do that? Everything we see from Apple revolves around serving up a premium experience for a premium price. How do we go from them wiring the nation(s) to the dream of dirt cheap programming?
Throughout his career it was his one-of-a-kind personality that convinced people to work at Apple or partner with them. Terror, charm, Jedi mind tricks, call it whatever you want. He had a knack for it.What, Steve waves his magic wand and the content providers do what Apple wants? Not a chance.
Very good points. I too would like whatever I want, and I'd gladly pay more than Netflix' monthly fee. As long as I could *not* pay for channels I never watch. (And yes, it was sort of a joke. Not a good one obv.)Is that a joke? I have netflix. There is some good stuff on there and a "ton of stuff I never watch" too. The dream is "whatever 'I' want," which is not all available on Netflix. Where's the live sports I watch? Where's the local HD channels? Etc. So I have Netflix and DirecTV and TV. Between all 3 of those, I have the ability to watch "whatever I want." [...]