This morning I read a review of Apple TV, a service that lets you buy movies and music online, and then enables you to watch it on your television. This amazing new service also enables you to view photos and watch YouTube videos on your TV! And all you need to do is pay $229 for a “set-top box”, which comes with a remote control. And voila!
Wait a minute… don’t we kinda have this already? We can buy music and movies online. And the technology to connect a computer directly to a television has existed for quite a while. Hence, we can easily access those items through the TV already. So watching YouTube and your photographs on your television is nothing new.
I think the Apple TV service could be a very good one, though, as it amalgamates quite a couple of offerings, and also lets you view these items on an iPhone and iPod (provided you have these items, of course).
But why does Apple require customers to buy the set box in order to avail of its Apple TV service? Why don’t they just let you access the service via a computer? Is there some reason beyond the monetary?