The rumors are flying about Apple's next foray into the television world. And from the sound of things, it's pretty impressive – assuming you're okay living off of iTunes. The rumor is the next Apple TV will be based off of the same hardware as the iPhone 4. It will have the same A4 CPU and 16GB of flash storage.
Hooking up an HTPC is a freeing experience. You can browse whatever internet content you want to, use any streaming service, and watch any video format. There's no worry about firmware updates, Netflix and Hulu compatibility, and you can upgrade whenever you like.
If you've visited Netflix on your computer recently, you may have noticed a few changes. Then again, you may have not. Netflix has been slowly but surely rolling out HD streaming for customers using their computers to watch movies.
A lot of larger tech companies take an impersonal and opaque approach. You won't get any information on an upcoming product until it's already ready, and you'll get that info in a press release. Boxee, on the other hand, tends to be friendlier and more open with their information.
What sounded like an exciting new breakthrough in not only television, but pricing as well, ended up being nothing. At least so far. The StreamTV sets showed up on Amazon a while back with a release date of Friday May 7, 2010. It’s the week after now, and there’s still nothing listed as available.