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  • Too much work, too much theft, too much garbage! All I want from Apple to make the AppleTV the killer product is select plugins. The current offer should be made to: Hulu NetFlix NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX (major networks) NFL, MLB, NBA (major sports networks) Now with just Hulu, you have the vast majority of major prime time shows time shifted for free. Use the money you save by canceling cable or satellite to setup an iTunes allowance, and use that money to purchase season passes of the shows you really like. If netflix comes on board you can choose between giving them some of that money or just having more for iTunes purchases and rentals. The end is near for cable and satellite TV providers. IPTV is on it's way and ultimately it will be much more affordable, providing more choices and better revenue for content developers. IMHO.
    Doug Petrosky had this to say on Oct 02, 2008 Posts: 26
    Apple TV, the Do It All Machine
  • No! it is nothing like a Car!!! It is like a cable box! Are you allowed to hack your cable box to try to get other channels (talk to the direcTV mod group about that). This is a consumer electronics device that has been subsidized by 1 or more companies. Part of purchasing this device is giving into it's restrictions. Just as you accept that Sony is trying to keep you from ripping a Blu-ray DVD. You didn't buy this product outright. You bought it with a contract and you have limited rights to that device as long as you are under contract. You will further have limited rights after the 2 year agreement if you want to continue to get updates. What is so hard to understand?
  • I didn't think they could support a trimmed down iPhone because you need the whole widget to make it really work (screen size, storage, cpu, etc.) This is because I believed that the iPod software would die and the touch/iphone software would take over. It now appears that Apple is happy with both, having updated the standard software and hardware with the Nano. So, now I get it! The nano screen and interface (maybe even with a slide out keyboard). Add a camera, SMS, and MMS and you have a killer interface for a phone with no need for a data plan. They could later include an email client and work with AT&T;for a low cost unlimited email package add on. This could still sync with mobile me (apple gets annual revenue), connect to iTunes for music and video and all sell for under $200 (which AT&T;could eat with a 2 year contract). iPhone Nano! It all makes sense now.
    Doug Petrosky had this to say on Sep 17, 2008 Posts: 26
    Can the iPhone Fight Off the Androids?
  • I can't think of a product that can't be improved on, and it is even less likely that a product would exist that would be exactly what everyone wants. That hardly makes a product stupid! I have no idea the cost associated with allowing AppleTV to receive digital only over the air signals, but I can tell you in the states it would probably do little for sales. It would undoubtedly add cost and maybe size, heat, noise....etc. I don't know when Apple wrote the ad you mention but it is exactly what I hope to do with my AppleTV eventually. Really, all I'm waiting for is Apple to get NBC to buckle under and distribute video via iTunes, and I will live the marketing! I may hold onto lifeline cable for sports, but I will convert to watching only shows I can purchase. I've done the math before but here is a condensed version. I pay about $80/month for TV. This includes a HD DVR and a boat load of TV shows but no premium channels (HBO, Showtime, etc). That is $960/year. Between my wife and I we watch about 24 new season shows every year at about 25 episodes each. So at max cost we are talking about $1200 in purchased TV. Fortunately most season shows are discounted by 10-20% if purchased as a season pass and here we can buy iTunes credits at a 5-10% discount (costco gift cards). So lets say 20% discount on average........$960/year. So I break even and don't have access to all the other shows I some times watch (but probably shouldn't). But wait. I OWN these shows so year after year I have that much more content for my own re-runs. Better than skipping commercials, I don't even have them and trust me there is a difference!!! And I have access to everything on every computer in the house as well as every iPod, iPhone, and AppleTV. There is one other benefit. My father now has an AppleTV and my brother will have one shortly. I have 3 systems in my home so I have two more licenses for this content. This is owned content that I can legally distribute to 5 systems and the iPods and AppleTV's attached to them. Things that make you go hmmmmmm. someone would not have an Idea for that for them they think it would make it better. Ok, up till now I have simply been arguing that the AppleTV is not a stupid product and defending it's use as a media hub for your TV. I absolutely believe in this product for this purpose. But let me take on the marketing message.
    Doug Petrosky had this to say on Aug 25, 2008 Posts: 26
    Is Apple TV the Stupidest Apple Product Ever?
  • Ok Greg, again I think we are talking about a difference of technologies. Here in the US we are aproching 90% of homes get TV from cable or satellite and these singles are proprietary (regardless of what cable card was supposed to do). This means that TiVo must take the feed as an analog feed and encode it to store it. I am aware that over the air TV is different and might work in other parts of the world. If apple could combine AppleTV into existing set top boxes, that might be interesting, but it is not ultimately what Apple wants. They would rather become the cable provider and with NBC online it would be possible (for me at least). For me the HD works great! My normal delay from purchase to watch is less than a minute (4-5Mb/sec cable connection). Rental content is increasing quickly and daily and I see no benefit to making a SD only version nor do I see a need to support DivX as H.264 is every bit as good. So from my point of view, with the exception of maybe being able to decode and capture over the air digital TV It seems to me that Apple TV is exactly what it needed to be and if they release an SDK for it like the iPhone things could get even more interesting. IMHO
    Doug Petrosky had this to say on Aug 23, 2008 Posts: 26
    Is Apple TV the Stupidest Apple Product Ever?
  • Wow Chris I disagree with virtually everything you said, where do I start. First "how often do you have the time to do any of them? How often do you stream photos to your TV? " Daily! When someone is not actively watching TV this is what I put it on. So if I'm picking up around the house, playing with the kids, eating lunch whatever. I'm also seeing photos ether top rated photos or photos of the last 3-6 months. It is awesome! Second: "YouTube or vodcasts" There are a number of video podcasts I subscribe to on AppleTV so I'd say an average of 20 minutes a day. Some of the stuff from NASA, National Geographic, as well as some great independent stuff. (audio I mostly do in the car with my iphone). Third: "Why" Because it is a better viewing experience, even YouTube (which varies greatly in quality). As for flickr/.mac I have friends and family who I can keep up with what they are doing via their recent photos just by switching to their feed over the net. Fourth: "Browsing content" There are no pages on AppleTV. When you go to a genre you see all the covers of all the movies. It is a very nice experience. And I can search as well as look at related items. In all likely hood, I could be half way through a movie by the time you could get the kids together, go to the store and get back home. Fifth: "At the end of the day, it’s obvious Apple TV owners have specific needs that most of the population don’t seem to have (otherwise these things would be flying off the shelves)." Ok, I'm guessing you wrote that when you were tired or something. PVR's have been around for almost a decade, and I've had one for about 7 years. I spent the last 6 trying to convince my father how much better watching TV with a PVR was and he said the same sort of thing you are. "I don't see a need" "I don't watch that much TV". But a month after finally getting one he would never watch TV without it. AppleTV has been around for about 18Months and it is hard to explain to people how nice it is. Isn't it more reasonable to assume that you don't get how nice it is than that every owner of the product is some freak niche user? Internet delivered TV is happening. Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Amazon and now it sounds like Dell and Netflix are all pushing hard to be the one to own a part of it. So I'm guessing that this is an emerging market, not a niche. IMHO.
    Doug Petrosky had this to say on Aug 23, 2008 Posts: 26
    Is Apple TV the Stupidest Apple Product Ever?
  • Fair Enough. If you only have a single computer in the house, I can see your point because adding one more task to an already heavily used device can be inconvenient. But many homes have multiple computers so having one of the older ones do double duty is very reasonable for many. And don't play up the difficulty, the EyeTV is a set it and forget it device much like a PVR is. Your explanation of your situation brings up some questions though and maybe you need to educate us on how advanced your PVR's are and how much over the air programing you actually get. Here, having access to more the 8 channels over the air is very unusual. So your 2% claim doesn't make much sense (unless much more than NBC is not on AppleTV in your area). So maybe you can answer some questions for those of us who don't know about your PVR's. 1. Are the capable of delivering HD movies? 2. Do they network with your computer (wired or wireless). 3. If yes to 2 do they allow for easy streaming of personal media (photos, music, video) 4. Also if yes to 2 do they allow for streaming photos over the web (flickr, .mac etc) 5. Do they allow for access to YouTube 6. Do they give access to rent/purchase Movies, TV, Music Videos, Music and shorts? 7. Do they allow you access to Video and Audio Podcasts. 8. Do they have anything like the air tunes ability to stream audio from your computer. These are the features that make AppleTV great! and they are reasons why if I were you, when your DVD player breaks down I would look into purchasing an AppleTV to replace it because for only a little more than a good up converting DVD player (and much less than a blu-ray player) you can have so much more with an AppleTV. So even if a EyeTV solution to your PVR problem is not a good one, hopefully you can see why and AppleTV would be a great compliment to your existing home theater. i.e. NO!!!!!!! AppleTV is not one of the stupidest products Apple has ever made!
    Doug Petrosky had this to say on Aug 22, 2008 Posts: 26
    Is Apple TV the Stupidest Apple Product Ever?
  • Let me try to stay objective. You are an idiot!......oops that just slipped out. Ok, PVR/DVR's not delivered by your TV provider are stupid and over priced and only an idiot would purchase one. I say this after being a DirectTivo Subscriber for 6 years (recently converted to DirectTV HD DVR). There is one simple reason: The provider can capture the feed digitally, pre-compressed with no quality loss. Regardless of how good your hardware is, re-compressing heavily compressed data comes at a substantial loss or the need for much larger files to try to hide it. It is for this reason that even though TiVo has the best DVR interface on earth they are going to fail. So why would Apple try to enter a market where the dominate player is loosing money and going to fail. Especially when that player is doing everything right! So now that I've made it clear that I think stand alone DVR's are stupid, lets get into your specifics and my usage. 1."It's asking me to buying an expensive piece of hardware to then pay for TV shows I currently get for free." Ok, FREE? Really! Even if you are one of the small number of people who get their TV over the Air and thus (for free). You still pay for those shows by watching Ad's. And to the best of my knowledge most of the DVR's come with a monthly service cost of about $13/month (stand alone) or $5/month from your provider. And this allows you to legally time shift video (not own it). In contrast, shows purchased on AppleTV are owned by you, commercial free. Better yet, they are able to be distributed to up to 5 different computers (even in other households) and an unlimited number of iPods, iPhones, and AppleTV's. 2. Well… it’s either over-priced or under-featured, so that seems a stupid thing for Apple to do. This is actually sort of two points. Over Priced? Well, it has been about 6-8 month since the last rev so you might be correct that it is time for another price cut or storage/feature upgrade, but I'll give it another couple months. Regardless of that, for $200 you get an HD video player, with 802.11n and 10/100 networking and a 40GB hard drive....Who is selling an equivalent product for less? Under-featured, I already told you that the PVR feature you mentioned is stupid unless it comes from your TV provider and outside of that you have access to anything that you can put in iTunes (Music, Podcasts, TV, movies (rent, own, HD and SD). Streaming photos (both network and internet) As well as YouTube video support all without hacking the unit. All of this with no commercials and NO MONTHLY FEE! You go on to say that the AppleTV doesn't not have 2% of what's on the TV. And that may be true but TV doesn't have 2% of what's on AppleTV. You totally discount the hundreds of hours of content that is being created each day with video and audio podcasts and ignore that thousands of hours of content being put onto YouTube. Sure, it is not what's on the TV normally but it is what could be on the TV if you had and AppleTV. Now I will give you a concession. Because Apple is still playing hardball with NBC there are large gaps in Apple's "prime time" lineup. And until they fix that, it will not be a total replacement for my DirectTV subscription. Also, sports will likely never be great on AppleTV (till we get streaming podcasts of them) although they are one of the worst things to time shift as well. So here is a solution for your needs! 1) Drop to lifeline cable or continue to get offair. This will give you all the prime time shows, sports and news. Purchase an EyeTV for your mac to time shift those programs if you want to and use AppleTV to deliver them to your TV. Now, with the monthly savings, purchase some of your programing via AppleTV to get the best of both worlds. Over time you will build up a library of re-runs (98% of what's on TV) Personally, regularly seeing all of my photos on my 55" TV is justification for the cost of the unit. Purchasing Movies that I would have purchased on DVD is much more enjoyable and I get much more use of them. Owning the TV Series I really like is also something I have done in the past, the difference now is that I watch them new 1 day later, without commercials and have them forever. I enjoy a number of HD video podcasts (free) as well as the occasional YouTube. So, break down your setup and tell me why mine wouldn't be better for you.....
    Doug Petrosky had this to say on Aug 22, 2008 Posts: 26
    Is Apple TV the Stupidest Apple Product Ever?
  • I think you are wrong too. The G4 Cube was the closest thing apple made in the past decade to what people really want but the went crazy with the price, charging more for it than the tower and dramatically more for it than the iMac/eMac you could buy as an alternative with a display. They don't make this box because of fear it will eat away at iMac sales. To break it down, you can buy an iMac for $1200 with a very nice 20" display. Remove that one component and you could sell the same box for $900 and people would not have to re-purchase their displays with every computer (my 20" apple display still looks great). Better yet, they could drop the price to closer to $800 by making the PCI video card optional and putting intel video on board. The other option is to make an iMac with a door for the video card and doors for up to three drives (optical or hard drives). With 20" the minimum size for displays, there is a lot of extra room for video cards and drives. I'd even recommend they add an express slot for unexpected other upgrades. Lack of expansion is not a plus. It is something we deal with as mac users because we love the products.
    Doug Petrosky had this to say on Apr 19, 2008 Posts: 26
    The Non Existent Glaring Hole in the Mac Lineup
  • 1080p does not have to happen via AppleTV any time soon and it is doubtful that anyone will really care. If quality is king BluRay wins for the next 5-10 years. The reason is simple, bandwidth or the lack there of. On a good cable connection you can watch an Apple 720p HD movie almost immediately. I don't have statistics on this but I would guess that we are talking about less than 25% of the current US broadband homes have this throughput. If you up this to 1080p you more than triple bandwidth. So now I have to wait 3 hours to start a 1.5 hour movie and the homes that could start watching it in real time drop to probably 5% or less. So, someone can fix my numbers above if they have more information but I'm guessing I'm close. So the second question is what does it buy you. And the rule of thumb that many people in the industry go with is that at a viewing distance of 10+ feet you need a 50+ inch TV to see the difference between 1080p and 720p. So yes, 1080p is better but most viewers will not notice it. AppleTV as it relates to HD Video rentals is currently at the sweet spot. It sells on instant gratification, not on max quality. All that has to happen to make it better is more selection.
    Doug Petrosky had this to say on Apr 07, 2008 Posts: 26
    1080P, AKA Apple TV's Downfall
  • Dude, if you don't find value in .Mac don't pay for it but don't dismiss it's value. I did a google search for WebDAV storage and the first 3 sites were crazy expensive. I finally found Bingodisk that offers 10GB of storage for only $20/year Regarding backup and how it compares to superduper and time machine, there is no comparison. Time Machine is a full local backup solution but if something physical happens to your machine, you are done so having online backup of key files is very valuable. You mentioned Flickr pro at $25 (it is not worth debating the quality of each). So, last year I paid $60 for .mac. Or $15 more than flickr and bingo for all of the additional integration .mac provides. This is a no brainer value equation to someone who uses the services.
    Doug Petrosky had this to say on Jan 31, 2008 Posts: 26
    Goodbye to .Mac
  • Sorry but I disagree. Many applications are drag and drop install and remove. Those that use installers, include uninstaller, just re-run the installer. But the bigger issue here is, if you just remove the application, does it hurt the system to leave the rest? Pref files are not a major problem. Some of the Application Support folders are a bit larger than I would leave lying around but the naming convention makes removing them easy if I didn't use the uninstaller. This is just a non issue.
  • I can't imagine that this will affect the iPod or iTunes in any noticeable way. I find it laughable that people talk about the iTunes/iPod lock in. If you do the math (number of songs divided by the number of iPods sold) the) the average comes out at like 20 songs/ipod. The truth is that the vast majority of music still comes from CD's, or other people's CD's. Until that changes nobody will really care about DoubleTwist. As for wether or not it will benefit anyone? I'd say not yet. Today iTunes is in competition with CD prices. If it becomes the dominate delivery system for music, then it will be important for alternatives to exist and I'm sure they will. Both from companies like MicroSoft as well as from Phone carriers, and even possibly from some next generation XM type of system. Only one thing is certain in my mind. DRM will rule the day in the future. The content holders need to get a handle on how widely their products get distributed and DRM will give them that ability eventually.
    Doug Petrosky had this to say on Nov 21, 2006 Posts: 26
    Double Twist iTunes Destroyer?
  • People siding with Gabe should stop reading and start downloading. The iTMS offers a number of free downloads where you can see first hand how good the quality is and let me tell you that "Near DVD" quality is not a stretch and depending on the DVD and the DVD player you might be surprised how good these movies are. As for the small screen argument. This may be an issue for some people but many of you probably already have what you need to get your downloads and big screen too. If you have a 5th gen iPod with video, you can get a cable to connect your iPod to your big screen and see how nice it really can be. If you have a laptop you get a cable to plug it into most screens (and the new laptops with front row support are really cool). For the rest of you, maybe iTV will be the silver bullet that will get you to see how much nicer it is to have your movie library available at the touch of a button instead of having to hunt through endless DVD cases. Not only should Walmart be worried, DirectTV, Dish and the cable companies should be worried too.
    Doug Petrosky had this to say on Sep 27, 2006 Posts: 26
    Walmart Threatens Movie Studios
  • wackybit, you comments are not totally off the mark but are not totally honest ether. A quick check of some of the new releases show a wide spread. Some Albums on iTMS were 9.99, while the same CD might sell for over $15 on amazon. Others, I found where iTMS listed them for $20 and amazon had them for $14. Some had slightly different song selections (bonus videos on iTMS and bonus songs on the CD). So I guess what I'm saying is that if 128kbps does not bother you (which obviously it does not for many people) then you should not blindly buy from the iTMS assumng it will be the lowest album price around, but nor should you discount it. And lets face it, much of the allure to the iTMS is the instant gratification. As my wife put it just last night. "Man that's a whole lot easier than going to the store to buy music".
    Doug Petrosky had this to say on Apr 28, 2006 Posts: 26
    April 28, 2003: iTunes Becomes a Revenue Stream