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Apple TV Looking More Likely to Challenge Google TV?

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  1. Rickaren

    Rickaren New Member Staff Member

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    Apple TV Looking More Likely to Challenge Google TV?



    Even pundits who formerly thought Apple Television -- as in a fully integrated box with a Web browser that flings content across iPhone's, iPod touches and iPads, as well as Macs -- was hopeless are beginning to warm to the idea the company Steve Jobs reinvigorated has to try to conquer the complex home entertainment market.

    In his Monday post, Jean-Louis Gassee noted:
    Imagine a true plug-and-play experience. One set with only two wires: power and the cable TV coax. Turn it on, assert your Apple ID credentials and you're in business. The program guide looks good and is easy to navigate; pay channels are just a click and a password away. The TV runs apps, from games to FaceTime and Skype, it "just works'' with your other iDevices and also acts as a Wi-Fi base station using the cable provider's Internet service.


    Apple, of course, would have to run a gauntlet of integration challenges involving CableCards and other stuff. Woo the carriers, etc.

    Frankly, I was more excited by this prospect when it comes to Apple Television's competition, Google TV:
    And now that Google owns Motorola, a company with known expertise in set-top boxes and CableCards, we can expect a next-generation Google TV and, quite likely, a Samsung TV set with an integrated Google TV running Android apps and competing with the putative Apple TV.


    Which sounds great if you don't already own one of the Logitech Revue boxes people aren't buying, even at $99. A next-generation, integrated system such as that Google and Motorola could produce together would probably be a lot better than the current, first-generation iteration, which could stand to be far better.



    Which makes me, again, wonder, if I'm using a dead-end technology. No matter, I suppose what matters is it gets the job for me done now. Just last night I updated my Google+ account through the Chrome browser on my Google TV set.


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  2. DCAlexandria

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    No flash plus no browser. Apple TV is pure crap.
     
  3. sparkyscott21

    sparkyscott21 Moderator Staff Member

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    You can bet on one thing for sure.

    If, and when Apple does do a other device like Google, probably a 27" or smaller like an iMac,
    they will be way further ahead when it is released...
     
  4. CatfishRivers

    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

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    The author of the article wrote:

    "Which sounds great if you don't already own one of the Logitech Revue boxes people aren't buying, even at $99"

    This is incorrect. Logitech Revue is selling very well since the price drop to $99. It's currently #1 on the Amazon "Digital Media Devices" bestseller list. And #2 on the Amazon "Television & Video" bestseller list. It's been at the top of the bestseller lists ever since the big price drop....
     
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    Thanks catfish. The original author is obviously a mindless apple fan.
     
  6. Cygnus

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    I kinda agree with the author: existing revue owners are probably screwed. You know that google and others are working on a successor to it and the revue probably will be underpowered. Even schmidt kind of thrown revue owners under the bus with his "beta testers" remark. I guess I can take some solace that I only paid $99 for this.
     
  7. ChrisG8

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    It appears to me that the Revue will be capable of much of the new and improved Google TV when it is launched. If there are some advanced features that won't be available, that wouldn't surprise me, but I do expect improvements and better performance with the current Revue. I don't have to have the newest and most advanced and plan to just live with this hardware, I bought based on the current capabilities and I am happy with that so any new features and improved performance will be a bonus.
     

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