TVs Are Not Like Smartphones

Yes, there are a lot of problems that need to be solved, but the Macalope doesn’t really see where they’re that much bigger than the ones that supposedly were going to prevent the iPhone’s birth. Maybe it comes out for Comcast at first, like the iPhone with AT&T.

The AT&T iPhone was nationwide in the US, and used a global mobile standard (GSM) so Apple could roll it out in other countries. A Comcast “iTV” would only be regional in the US, and there is no global TV standard so that’s as far as it would get.

The carrier problem was one of control (i.e., dictating hardware, features and services), not getting to market. Apple got around the control with an AT&T exclusivity deal (and AT&T making a bold decision), and the rest is history.

The cable company problem is not about control of the hardware, but rather getting it to market. One GSM iPhone covers many markets across the globe, but for an iTV you’d need nearly as many models as there are markets.

I’m not saying the cable company issue is insurmountable, only that it won’t be solved the way the carrier problem was. They’re not the same problem.

2 thoughts on “TVs Are Not Like Smartphones

  1. It has to do with cable and satellite providers right now because that’s where the content is. A reminder of that was received just a few days ago when Starz announced they’re pulling their content from Netflix in February. My computer has the Internet, but there’s no good overall UX for finding and watching TV shows, movies, etc. Any solution without the cable providers will still have to be as easy as switching channels or it’ll get nowhere.

  2. What are you talking about man? What does it have to do with cable? The TV has a ethernet/wifi port, it accesses the internet or iCloud, cable company problem bypassed. The standard for iTV is the internet as iOS is to GSM.

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