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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Required for iTS Movies
9/13/2006 5:26:19 AM
As best as I can see it, such a device will be a necessity for me before I would consider buying movies online since I have zero intention of attempting to watch movies or anything else on my computer. Once I can use this device to watch films on my television as soon as they start downloading then I will be interested in buying films online but not until this moment.
Mind you, this is a moot subject at the moment since I live outside of the US and we're not likely to see any video content (aside from music videos or Pixar shorts) any time soon. The "International in 2007" is a statement that I don't really believe at this point in time since we've not even seen television shows yet.
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