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dead macIt's like the most boring Apple press event ever -- can the gazillions of iPhone owners out there manage any excitement about iPod updates any longer? Headphones? The only meat for iPhone owners was the faint possibility that the next iPhone update promises to stop the frequent crashes and sluggishness that Apple introduced with a rushed 2.0 release. Of course we won't be getting the promised notifications service that, to me, is the requirement for killer iPhone apps. Some day.

But I did manage some excitement at the availability of HD shows on iTunes. My hatred for cable only grows with each Comcast cable bill and the general lack of shows to TiVo. I walked into an Apple store a couple of months ago to seriously contemplate buying an Apple TV but was greatly surprised to see that the TV shows looked like crap. They did themselves few favors buy having it hooked up to an HD TV. Even the genius was let down as the lack of HD was news to him.

I won't say that this announcement will result in an Apple TV purchase. My previous back-of-the-envelope calculations were based on a $2/show price. Apple seems to think that HD shows are worth $3/show, whereas I believe that they shouldn't even offer the crappier quality. At least NBC and I are in agreement that there should be cheaper offerings. My love of cycling is an important vote, though it seems silly to pay for an entire year of cable so that I can watch the Tour de France. There are many live streams now of this big event, but the convenience of a pause button mustn't be overlooked.

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The problem I think with iTunes pricing is that they're designed to be competitive with DVDs. For TV, though, I don't buy most of it to keep, I just want to watch it once. What I'd like to see is a season-pass only rental option for TV as a much cheaper rate.

I've been contemplating the move away from cable as well, and for all the same reasons: why pay so much if I'm only watching a handful of shows. Unfortunately, most of those shows weren't offered in any other medium (no sports, no NBC until now, still no Bravo as far as I'm aware).

I don't know. I go through varying degrees of energy about it, and currently, it's beginning to wane. I agree, HD should become the standard. It's like offering shows in black and white, and then giving the option of downloading in color for a buck more. Stupid.

I've been contemplating the move away from cable as well, and for all the same reasons: why pay so much if I'm only watching a handful of shows. Unfortunately, most of those shows weren't offered in any other medium (no sports, no NBC until now, still no Bravo as far as I'm aware).

I don't know. I go through varying degrees of energy about it, and currently, it's beginning to wane. I agree, HD should become the standard. It's like offering shows in black and white, and then giving the option of downloading in color for a buck more. Stupid.

kwc:

@davextreme: agreed, though I think they're also trying to charge higher for the "missed an episode" crowd. I really don't want to store every episode of the Daily Show, so I would prefer a more TiVo-like model where I watch the show once or twice and delete it, perhaps even something like a Netflix model where I could have a certain number of TV shows at a time.

@kenji: I like the B&W vs. Color comparison. Combined with your "Welcome to 2006" comment I think it sums up my feelings about the event. How is it almost 2009 and we still consider HD 'premium' rather than the standard?

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