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Video via iTunes – almost a hit!

October 12, 2005

Apple announced some neat things this morning, but the thing that really got me excited was the opportunity to buy TV shows right from iTunes. $1.99 per episode? Sign me up! Bye bye TiVo, hello iTunes! Thank you Apple!

Oh, wait, this is the real world, and companies rarely deliver what consumers really want. Even Apple. The stupid shows are in 320×240! Not 480×720 (SDTV & DVD) or 1280×720 (HDTV 720p) or 1920×1080 (HDTV 1080i). In other words, nothing anyone actually watches. Yes, ok, so the Video iPod only has a 320×240 screen – but some of us would actually like to watch things we buy on our TVs, PCs, projectors, whatever.

So, let me get this straight. The new Macs come with a spiffy remote so you can watch movies and stuff on your Mac from your sofa. They also come with big, gorgeous high-res displays. But you can’t buy and watch the videos and TV shows from Apple on them, because they’d be postage stamp sized.

Does the hardware team not talk to the iTunes team or something? Get with the program, Apple. You’re almost there – everyone wants to be able to buy [TV shows | Movies | Music Videos] on a case-by-case basis right from their home. But they’d like to watch it on all the devices they own, including shiny new Video iPods.

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  1. October 15, 2005 at 6:57 am

    I can’t help but agree. I have downloaded a Pixar short and a music video and while the quality on my 15″ 1920×1200 Dell notebook screen is okay, it is far from the quality of the 720p Trailer I downloaded from Apple for the new Harry Potter movie. I have to believe that a compromise has been made here, but I don’t know if it is due to the MPAA and the TV industry or due to the processor constraints of the new iPod. They are doing hardware decoding on the device and from what I understand when you play video you will get 2 hours out of the 60 gig iPod and less from the 30 gig iPod. Also from what I understand any content you put on the iPod has to be in the 320×240 resolution or it will not be played and I assume not loaded. I’m guess we have hit a technology boundary and I don’t think the TV industry is going to complain too much. We may be looking at a happy coicidence or Steve Jobs putting limitions in place so he can secure content. But yes, it would be nice to download an episode of lost in at least TV resolution, but then how big would that file be?

  1. July 12, 2006 at 4:05 pm
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