Pingpong debate as Apple's TV plans are weighed up
Last week I commented on the rumours that Apple could enter the domestic television market and the debate continues to rage in the blogosphere. First Marco Arment, he of Instapaper fame, weighed in with his logical view that the domestic tv market is too fragmented and low-margin to warrant Cupertino’s attention:
A bigger problem is that Apple prefers to offer fully integrated products, but a modern TV is just one component in a mess of electronics and service providers, most of which suck. Apple doesn’t want their beautiful, it-just-works TV to need to interact with Onkyo’s 7.1 HDMI-switching receiver, Sony’s 3D Blu-ray player, Microsoft’s game system, Comcast’s awful Scientific Atlanta HD DVR, Canon’s newest camcorder, the photos on your point-and-shoot’s SDHC card, and your Logitech universal remote. (The need for TVs to have a more complex remote than the Apple TV might be fatal alone.)
Quick as a flash, M.G.Siegler responded:
More commentators have joined the fray. Judging by the interest and the conflicting opinions, we can probably conclude that there IS a television market out there for Apple.