Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 24th Oct 2011 20:05 UTC
Apple Appleinsider writes: "An anticipated Apple high-definition television set, complete with iOS features including Siri voice commands, FaceTime video chat and access to the App Store, would be a strong product in a massive $100 billion market, according to a new analysis." Last year I explained my vision of a smart TV too (read the comment), and my ideas were pretty much the same thing AppleInsider discusses about today. Back then I was almost laughed at by most OSNews residents for these ideas. I have the feeling that the people who then found my ideas ridiculous, they'll now find a possible Apple smart TV "natural" and "revolutionary".
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RE[4]: Apple? Really?
by David on Wed 26th Oct 2011 22:01 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Apple? Really?"
David
Member since:
1997-10-01

You're incorrect. Simple universal remotes don't have scripting capability, meaning that to you may have to push a combination of buttons and slide switches to do what you need to, and if your mother in law needs to use the TV, you'll need a two-page step by step instruction on how to turn on the TV, reciever, DVD player, and cable box. Expensive remotes like the harmony allow you to program one button to do a lot of things. It may not be worth it to you, but that doesn't mean it's silly or unnecessary.

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RE[5]: Apple? Really?
by Yoko_T on Fri 28th Oct 2011 19:45 in reply to "RE[4]: Apple? Really?"
Yoko_T Member since:
2011-08-18

You're incorrect. Simple universal remotes don't have scripting capability, meaning that to you may have to push a combination of buttons and slide switches to do what you need to, and if your mother in law needs to use the TV, you'll need a two-page step by step instruction on how to turn on the TV, reciever, DVD player, and cable box. Expensive remotes like the harmony allow you to program one button to do a lot of things. It may not be worth it to you, but that doesn't mean it's silly or unnecessary.


You're the one who don't know what you're talking about. My RCA RCR815 Universal Learning remote made around 2005 which can control up to 8 components most certainly does have Macro/Scripting capability- A total of 20 keypress commands can be stored under each of the six available macro keys (number keys 1-6).

All I have to to execute a macro is press the macro key on the remote and then press the number of the key containing the macro I want to execute (1-6).


And it most certainly was under $20 when I bought it at Walmart a few years ago-not on clearance either.

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RE[6]: Apple? Really?
by David on Fri 28th Oct 2011 21:52 in reply to "RE[5]: Apple? Really?"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

I guess the price points for "fancy" remotes have dropped considerably since the last time I was in the market. And doing a quick google showed me that in fact the lower-end Logitech Harmony remotes are available in the $25-50 price range. The big advantage of the Logitechs in my opinion is that you program them through your computer by downloading the specs (though I must say their client app is sucky). I think it's worth paying a little extra for.

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