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bahamut's Avatar Picture bahamut – December 09, 2007 05:56PM Reply Quote
Well, it's about time.

morganti – December 26, 2007 07:15AM Reply Quote
Heh, you guys brought to mind this unaired pilot for 24 From 1994.

It's 950 Kilobytes...

Jeezus, ok, just print it out and we'll fax it to him!


Morg "Damnit George! You picked up while I was doing the internet!!!" anti

ddt – December 26, 2007 10:47AM Reply Quote
haha! that was well done.

ddt

Cloudscout – December 26, 2007 12:57PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
The TV Guide OnScreen Service seems to be AWOL. People have been anticipating the service's untimely demise in February 2009 when analog broadcasts are set to end since TVGOS relies on the Vertical Blanking Interval (VBI) to send its guide data... except it looks like they may be ending the service over a year early since nobody (nationwide) has received any TVGOS updates since this past Monday. People with TVGOS devices are noticing that there is no guide data available beginning at 12am GMT on January 1st, 2008 (my guide shows no data after 6pm CST).

This is kinda crappy. I remember the last Gemstar device like this... it was a set-top-box that you could buy from Radio Shack that received guide data over regional pager networks. When they shuttered that service, they offered refunds to all customers with those devices. I can't imagine manufacturers are going to want to do anything like that for all of the TVGOS-enabled devices.

bahamut – December 28, 2007 05:05AM Reply Quote
Apple going to have movie rentals. I predict this will be a bomb. Why bother? When you can get 6,000+ movies from Netflix for free if you have a membership (and a PC or vmware)?

stan adams – December 28, 2007 09:32AM Reply Quote
Baha you're smarter than the average bear by A LOT -- while yogi and boo-boo are wondering if they can save YouTube videos on their shinny-new-from-Santa iPhones and iPod Touch don't you think Apple ought to:

1) make it easy to suck some cash from these dodo
2) pump the stock price (geezus is it high)
3) give the AppleTV a reason not to be scap heaped
4) put the fear of Job back into the evil content DRM mongers...

I don't think Apple will make boat loads of money off renting movies, but they have to keep putting stuff into the pipeline to ensure their profits at the iPod/iPhone trough, and this seems capable of that and more.

Mokers – December 28, 2007 09:37AM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iTRN1-GQELJ8zw6Sns1UA9ei3krQD8TQEE1O0

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He said one of the devices had apparently been returned to the store from a previous owner who loaded sex clips and songs with lyrics about using drugs.

Hmm, another instance of "2 Girls 1 Cup"? And why would anybody complain about getting an MP3 player with some Beatles songs.

stan adams – December 28, 2007 09:50AM Reply Quote
Call me sick but I saw " "I wish I could take the thoughts and images out of her head." and I immediately looked at the "COOKEVILLE, Tenn." dateline and thought -- yeah taking thougths out of kids head is a real priority down there, I can't imagine that any Brittany (or Jamie Lynne) wannabes are an hour or so outside of Nashville...

Madaracs – December 28, 2007 10:17AM Reply Quote
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bahamut
Apple going to have movie rentals. I predict this will be a bomb. Why bother? When you can get 6,000+ movies from Netflix for free if you have a membership (and a PC or vmware)?

Well, I'd use it. I don't have a Netflix account and don't want one. I do have an Apple account and the quality will probably be alright. Heck, essentially I'm sorta renting from them already. I've been slowly catching up on Chuck. (Not to be confused with up-chucking.)



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bahamut – December 28, 2007 03:28PM Reply Quote

rino – December 28, 2007 03:52PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
Not everyone want's a Netflix subscription. I have one but can not participate in the "watch now" bullshit service because it's windows only.

I will be so bold as to say that if Apple does do rentals and the library is large enough, then it may easily kill Netflix due to the ubiquity of the platform. We know that Unbox'd has really taken off too.

El Jeffe – December 28, 2007 03:57PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
if one can rent movies for iPhones, AppleTVs, iPod Touch, etc. with one-click ease, it will be good and viable.

What a journey.

Madaracs – December 28, 2007 05:09PM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
That and I have two officially designated HTMacs in the house now. And that is just too damn convenient.

bahamut – December 28, 2007 05:37PM Reply Quote
I guess to me if you have an Intel Mac it seems like a no-brainer to get Windows and Vmware (or at least bootcamp) and Macs are still such a small part of the market...

tomierna (Admin) – December 28, 2007 06:21PM Reply Quote
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I guess to me if you have an Intel Mac it seems like a no-brainer to get Windows and Vmware (or at least bootcamp) and Macs are still such a small part of the market...

Right, like Apple won't wipe NetFlix's ass with a rental service that's native.

Why install VMWare/Parallels *and* Windows, when you can just rent from iTunes?

Madaracs – December 28, 2007 06:37PM Reply Quote
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bahamut
and Macs are still such a small part of the market...

Blasphemer!

Let's not forget their share of the MP3/Portable Video market... That little thing called an iPod? It might have something to do with the impending sales.



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Madaracs – December 28, 2007 06:39PM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
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Right, like Apple won't wipe NetFlix's ass with a rental service that's native.

Why install VMWare/Parallels *and* Windows, when you can just rent from iTunes?


Let's compare Netflix' sales with Apples... Anyone wanna dig it up? I know Netflix ain't no Amazon.

Cloudscout – December 28, 2007 06:49PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
It's hard to compare.

You can't base a comparison on dollar amounts since computers are obviously more expensive than DVD rentals.

The closest way to compare that I can think of would be comparing Apple's unit sales to the number of Netflix subscribers. This still isn't a very good comparison because there are people who buy more than one Apple computer but I can't think of a reason for a single person to have multiple Netflix accounts.

But ignoring that detail, they're roughly equal. Netflix estimates about 7.3 million subscribers in 2007 and Apple sold roughly 7 million Macs in 2007.

rino – December 29, 2007 05:59AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
> I guess to me if you have an Intel Mac it seems like a no-brainer to get Windows and Vmware (or at least bootcamp) and Macs are still such a small part of the market...


Except it represents another $200+ investment.

iTunes != Mac market share.

El Jeffe – December 29, 2007 06:07AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
itunes might NOT (now)
but the original impetus Steve gave for iPods (and iTunes) was "to create compelling tech/reasons to bring folks to the Mac".

He broke that promise/vision a soon as he released iTunes for Windows, imo. (or the abomination that WAS the media crap before iTunes official)

I STILL THINK Apple should release iPods/iTunes features about a month or so BEFORE the Windows version....to nudge folks to the Mac OS.

What a journey.

Nobody Special – December 29, 2007 09:31AM Reply Quote
I get the impression the target audience for iMovies (or whatever it will be called) isn't the desktop computer so much as it is the handheld iPod/iPhone owners. There is a large number of these video-capable units in place and nobody delivering this type of product to them.

While some might scoff at the idea of watching stuff on a 2" screen, public transit commuters (train/bus/aircraft) might be enough of a niche market to make the service viable until a real killer device comes along.

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