Of the two products Apple launched this week, I think the more important was the Apple TV update. Because it's in the living room where Apple has the more interesting battle going on. This "hobby" of a product is still imperfect, but it's making major waves with consumer electronics companies, content producers, and cable firms. Why? Because with an Apple TV (or a competing product, like a Roku), you can bypass the old-line media economy.
Or can you? We're discussing today how Apple is trying to rewrite the living room entertainment experience. We have two great guests on the show:
- John Falcone, CNET's executive editor for reviews in New York.
- Matthew Moskovciak, our home theater editor, also in New York.
How good is the new Apple TV (see )?
Comare Apple TV to other competitors: Roku, Boxee, and the game consoles. (See:.)
How important a product?
Does Apple need a full-on TV? Do consumers want it?
Airplay: What's the big deal?
How about live content on the Apple TV?
Why can't the TV manufacturers get this right?
What's the role of the studio? (See: Get your Neflix through Apple.)
Where are the apps?