So why don't we have an Apple "iTV" yet? Because cable and content companies don't want to go the way of the music and wireless industries -- two previous markets that Apple(AAPL) "transformed." While the executives wrangle it out, consumers are stuck with a patchwork of dueling devices, interfaces and subscriptions.
Here's what we all want: One elegant, intuitive gizmo that lets us watch TV episodes and films from any content source, on our own schedule, with a sane payments system. Every major gadget maker is experimenting -- Microsoft, Google(GOOG) and Intel would love to beat Apple to the goal -- but until someone can cut through the industry's business-model tangles, the TV market seems doomed to remain a frustrating and disconnected hellscape. - SC