Apple's Rumored Set-top Box is True
September 12, 2006 2:11 PM
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Arriving in Q1'07 in a home theater near you
Along with new iPods, new iTunes and online movies
, Apple today revealed that it is indeed working on a set-top box for home theater use. Currently codenamed
, the box will be roughly half the size of a Mac Mini and will include wireless video and audio streaming capabilities. Because of the new Mac Minis, making an official set-top box won't be too much of a challenge for Apple.
Apple is planning to officially release the new set-top box sometime in Q1'07. For now, Apple is working on a number of things. Users will also be pleased that the new box will feature everything neatly integrated, including the big honking power supply that accompanied the Mac Mini.
Standard high-definition video interfaces will be integrated into the
. HDMI, RCA outputs and optical connections will be available. Apple said the
will include something along the lines of wireless component video.
will feature a next-generation interface along the lines of Front Row, since the unit will now able to tune into cable TV. Although Apple demonstrated DVD-quality video today, no details were revealed on what services the
would be able to accept. CableCARD and other details were absent. Apple however demonstrated a copy of The Incredibles that was being played back at HDTV resolution -- whether or not Apple will be making HDTV downloads available in the future is unknown.
will be priced at $299 when it is released next year.
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RE: Could be huge
9/12/2006 4:11:29 PM
Quite easily really... If encoded with H.264 a 1080p movie with 5.1 sound encoded with aac takes less than 10Mbits of bandwidth... You've easily got over 20 Mbits on a 802.11g connection.
If you try and run that on a 802.11b however it's a completely different story, as you've only got about 4-5 Mbits of effective bandwidth to work with...
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