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Apple HDTV to be U.S.-only?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 22 Jul 2012 19:32 User comments (3)

Apple HDTV to be U.S.-only? According to a number of analysts, the oft-rumored Apple HDTV may be U.S.-only and may not be released until 2014.
Giles Cottle of Informa's broadband content and online video analyst division says he wouldn't find it "surprising if the Apple television wasn't launched exclusively in the US first, [because] content rights can be a massive burden and have to be managed on a country-by-country basis."

IHS senior analyst Paul Erickson also noted that "an initial US focus is possible as [Apple's] strongest video content availability on iTunes is in the US. Apple wouldn't want to spend the effort and marketing dollars to push a TV in markets where both Apple video product demand and local content availability are low at the current time."

The rumored TV will be between 42-55 inches, include built-in Wi-Fi and run on a variant of Mac OSX or iOS. The TV may also be the first to offer a la carte channel selection, giving users a chance to buy only the channels they want.

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3 user comments

123.7.2012 0:50

This is why content rights are bad for business and innovation in the long run.....

223.7.2012 12:39

"...Apple television wasn't launched exclusively in the US first, [because] content rights can be a massive burden and have to be managed on a country-by-country basis."

It's because Apple wants utter complete control over 'every' aspect of entertainment that comes through that device. Seeing as this is some new territory, there are going to be some bugs - so what better than to keep it home, where you can keep your lawsuits safe & sound.

Then when it comes time to start pushing your copyright agenda on countries that don't follow your policies or laws you can really cram it up their collective asses, be it legally or financially.

Because you just know there are rabid fans of your garbage hardware & retailers will crack in order to get the goods in their stores/territories.


327.7.2012 1:18

apple garbage

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