Apple has almost given up on keeping its TV ambitions a secret. "When I go into my living room and turn on the TV, I feel like I have gone backwards in time by 20 to 30 years," CEO Tim Cook told NBC's Brian Williams in a recent interview. "It's an area of intense interest. I can't say more than that."
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 (Fortune 500) "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 (Fortune 500) 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 ,
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