Some thoughts on iTunes movie content and AppleTV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by DCBass, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. DCBass macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2004
    Washington, DC
    :apple: TV really does seem like a nice idea, but I'd like to see how Apple develops it over time. Here's what I'd like to see:

    1. DVR - many have suggested this already, and I'm definitely in this camp. (c'mon apple, how much are you making off of tv anyway? make your money in music and movies and leave tv for those who missed an episode or season).

    2. Renting movies - Personally, I have little desire now to buy a movie in iTunes, however it would be nice to rent a movie for $2.99 (cheaper than going to the video store). Have the file be 'playable' for a week. At that point, we can rent it again, delete it, or go ahead and buy the movie at Reg. price minus the cost of renting. Imagine how many more movies Apple would sell this way...

    3. Have :apple: TV feature an iTunes front end where we can purchase content from the couch. (Is this really possible with the minimalist :apple: remote without being slow-going?)

    4. We've got the power of the internet at our TV, throw in some widgets, wii-channel style. Perhaps find a way to incorporate all of the widgets that have been made for Tiger? This alone could be explosive I think.

    If we had these features, I would buy one in two hot seconds, even w/o an hdtv. But right now, there's not much appeal for me.

    What do all of you think? Have any more ideas that may not have been mentioned before (that are reasonable)?


  2. Cult Follower macrumors 6502a

    Cult Follower

    Feb 20, 2007
    North Dakota
    I don't think Apple will allow DVR, because they will lose support from all major TV networks.
  3. louiselastic macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2007
    I dont think apple will be allowed to sell up-to-date movies on its itunes..the film industry wont make profit as BIG as they way they are doing
  4. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    1. Never happen. Use Elgato.

    2. Maybe, appealing, but too complicated.

    3. Probably coming, issue is only would work with synced computer, and still authorizing purchases presents difficulty.

    4. Really, just go use your computer. While this sounds marginally cool, it really clutters up a clean and simple interface.

    And lastly, outside of #1, there are are not things here keeping you from buying it. Saying that it has no appeal without some rather meaningless points, at least 2-4, leaves me questioning your perspective and purchasing criteria. And like I said, if not having #1 is the dealbreaker, then you will be without one. Honestly, that's like saying you won't buy an iPod because it doesn't stream video directly from youtube.
  5. dan-o-mac macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY
    1. Cool, but I don't think it would happen .

    2. I would love to rent movies from Apple. I never watch a movie once or twice so it's not worth it for me to buy.

    3. Would go hand and hand with number two.

    4. Wonderful idea!

    roland.g how would this clutter the interface? All Apple would have to do is add another menu for widgets.
  6. jruc4871 macrumors regular

    May 4, 2005
    Washington, DC
    If :apple: TV had this feature, I'd buy one today.
  7. sandau macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2005
    its gonna be on the iPhone, I wouldn't doubt they've thought of this feature for the Apple TV too. It just makes sense.

    I too would love to be able to turn on my TV and have weather, some news, etc in widgets showing on the widescreen.

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