Monday, April 02, 2007


Just a quick geek note- I went to the local Apple store over the weekend and saw the "Apple TV" in action. Pass. This is one of those "close but no cigar" kinds of deals that may be done properly in future revisions, but here's my core beef- no high defininition. Those of you who know me in "real life" know I've been beating this drum for a while, but damnit, Apple said 2006 was to be the "year of HD". Bullshit. The video on an HD screen looks like shit when the source is standard def. I saw The Incredibles at the Apple Store and it was painful how badly the image quality looked on the 30ish inch LCD screen.

I have had an HD telly for almost three years now, and apart from it not having an HDMI interface (DVI for me), it's still of contemporary spec's. We enjoyed the VOOM HD cable service while it lasted, and Dish and DirecTV still have not gotten back to that level of quality and variety. The point is this- Apple is the nearest thing to a corporate champion of HD, and they blew this opportunity.

Here's what I'm waiting for:

#1) The iTunes Store needs to sell movies in HD (yes, I know the bandwidth costs will be big), and you should be able to burn HD DVD's from the downloads (even if in a proprietary format) for archival purposes.

#2) The Apple TV needs to stream HD. And from iTunes as well as QuickTime.

#3) Add a BlueRay or HDDVD drive to the thing with an HDMI pass-through- hell, why shouldn't I be able to consolidate some things? Apple likes to build computers with a minimum of cables and crap, so why are they encouraging a cabling nightmare with this thing?

#4) Make it run cooler. I want to put this in an enclosed space. Radical, huh? Look at the following thermal image from

So, the bottom line is this- we're not "there yet". Hold out for an "Apple TV HD" or rev. B or whatever the hell they want to call it.

Caveat Emptor.

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Blogger Irrelephant said...

Yeah, I like that Emperor Catfeet guy myself. Saw him live once back in '69.cor

3:17 PM  
Blogger That Guy said...

This had the "looks cool" factor and thats it. I personally have NOT adopted the HD systems for many reasons including cost, but a Apple HD TV thingy would change my mind.

I find the my entertainment center has to have the cabinet door open to keep it from getting too hot, this would be an unwelcome addition... Dammit Apple, fix this shit... Oh.. and hire Stucco... and me.

7:21 AM  
Blogger Nancy Dancehall said...

Is this like sports? I don't get it. ;-)

9:09 PM  
Blogger Judith said...

if there was an apple church my chap would be in there worshiping like a sinner repent'in Oh Praise the core! Yes let the buyer be aware, apple does 'stuff' to ya

10:50 PM  
Anonymous suolasfilms said...

I may be down at the holy Jobs' feet, thanking him for everything NOT Windows.
But the AppleTV has Dodgy and "pushing the boat out(way too far)" written all over it.
As for HD, I'm holding out for SHD (Super HD), HD, Blu-Ray and a little extra all compacted in a little (transparent) cube. (yes, I have been watching repeats of Babylon 5.)

12:00 AM  
Blogger General Catz said...

I have no idea what you just wrote.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Stucco said...

What is it about technolgy that fails to excite females? Does this help?

6:59 PM  
Blogger General Catz said...

I love technology. It's what i do for a living. But for some reason, when it comes to all this new television stuff, HD, blu ray, plasma, etc., it just seems... i dunno, unimportant. And frightfully expensive. maybe that's why i don't care? I just want to turn on the tv and watch it. Visual quality doesn't matter that much. Maybe it would if the quality of the tv shows was better?

5:51 AM  
Blogger Judith said...

as this page was loading why did I intuitively feel sex was involved one way or another! I think speed metal would be the listeners choice with that one!

7:32 AM  
Anonymous suolasfilms said...

or Heavy Norse Doom Metal...


He he heh

1:06 PM  
Blogger slaghammer said...

I’m in the market for a deep fat fryer. That thing looks like it will handle a nice heavy batch of crispy french fries. You know, it’s all about planned obsolescence these days. Hi resolution, compatibility and energy efficiency will creep in with each successive version. Gotta milk that market dry before moving on.

11:14 PM  

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