[mythtv-users] OT: Apple PVR

Todd Houle thoule at wesleyan.edu
Sat Dec 3 09:37:44 EST 2005


I thought this might be interested to the future of MythTV.  Perhaps  
the mac mini may be more suitable as a frontend once Apple prepares  
it for their own video solution.
   Todd

http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/dec2005/ 
tc20051201_577846.htm

> Designs on an Apple-Branded DVR
> If the iPod maker plans to serve up a computer that records video,  
> I'd like to place an order for a wireless version
>
> The rumor mills are abuzz about an Apple-branded digital video  
> recorder.
>
> According to a couple of sources who claim to know, the next Mac  
> Mini -- that's the small metallic computer that sells for $499 and  
> up -- will have the ability to record TV shows.
>
> A DVR Mac wouldn't exactly put Apple Computer (AAPL ) on the  
> cutting edge. Microsoft (MSFT ) and its PC-making partners,  
> including Hewlett-Packard (HPQ ) and Gateway (GTW ), have been down  
> this road already with the Media Center PC. Chipmaking giant Intel  
> (INTC ) grabbed headlines Nov. 30 with its Viiv (rhymes with  
> "five") technology that's designed to transform the PC into a home  
> entertainment hub.
>
> ULTRAWIDEBAND FUTURE.  Having built success on the audio front with  
> the iPod family of products, Apple clearly has designs on the video- 
> entertainment business, as the latest iPod already shows. But if  
> the rumors are true, then I have a suggestion for how to make an  
> Apple-branded DVR truly shine: Make it fully wireless.
>
> Apple has a history of pushing the wireless-technology envelope. It  
> was early to embrace wireless fidelity, or Wi-Fi, networking  
> technology, with its Airport wireless routers. It later cranked up  
> the speed with the Airport Extreme, which relied on the 54-megabit- 
> per-second 802.11g standard before that standard was even fully  
> ratified.
>
> This week I met with a company called WiQuest Communications, which  
> makes chips for a wireless technology called ultrawideband. UWB  
> technology is good at transmitting a lot of data at a very high  
> speed. It's not very good at doing it over long distances, but  
> within close range, it's a gem.
>
> FREED FROM CORDS.  Imagine how much better the iPod would be if you  
> didn't need a dock or a USB cord to transfer songs to it: All you'd  
> have to do is bring the iPod into the same room as the PC to sync  
> the latest version of the playlist on your computer with the  
> player. How cool would it be to easily and wirelessly take video  
> stored on your PC in the den and play it on a TV in the living  
> room? In both cases, the data could fly across your home without  
> restrictions on where you have to place the hardware.
>
> To say nothing of the aesthetic improvements that would result from  
> eliminating the rat's nest of data cords -- USB, FireWire, and the  
> bulky, clumsy hubs for each -- which is only compounded by the  
> cords connected to the power strip. I've got just such a mess under  
> my desk at home, connecting my PowerMac, a couple of external  
> storage drives, and a USB hub for my digital camera. It's not pretty.
>
> WiQuest Chief Executive Matthew Shoemake says his company has been  
> involved with the WiMedia Alliance, an industry coalition that aims  
> to promote the use of ultrawideband technology in both computers  
> and consumer-electronics devices. Members include Intel, Eastman  
> Kodak (EK ), Microsoft, Nokia (NOK ), Philips Electronics (PHG ),  
> Samsung, and Sony (SNE ), among others. But one name I don't see  
> listed among the members is Apple.
>
> DIGITAL REAL ESTATE.  And that's O.K. for now. UWB technology  
> should start showing up in chips by the end of the year. Those  
> chips would then have to be adapted into products, which would take  
> another year or so, maybe less, to develop and bring to market. So  
> I don't expect to see many products on the market until mid-to-late  
> 2006 or early 2007.
>
> But Apple is the kind of company that could benefit from -- and may  
> already be experimenting with -- the possibilities that UWB could  
> offer. That's especially true given Apple's aim to build on  
> successes in portable digital media and make a play for what has  
> become the most coveted digital real estate: the living room.
>
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