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antenna.jpgWhen I was a kid, we only had a handful of TV stations. There were the Big Three networks, a snowy picture of PBS, and a few stations we could see only if the wind was blowing in the right direction. We were thankful; we were happy.

Today, it’s all different, of course. We have cable, satellite, as well as do-it-yourself media like TiVo and Apple TV. And with those media, and the extensive writing that Scott has churned out about the sea-change of Apple TV, I have begun to wonder, is traditional over-the-air TV obsolete?

To be sure, the vast majority of TV viewers get TV from a cable or satellite provider. The days of the TV rabbit ears have gone. Or, so it seems. While the numbers of subscribers to programming vendors vary wildly, depending on whom you ask, most agree that the numbers of viewers actually receiving TV transmissions from their local TV tower is less than 20%. That seems like a waste when you consider the time and energy your local TV station goes to in raising such a signal – towers can run over $1 million, transmitters don’t come cheap, and powering a UHF transmitter with an output power of a couple of hundred kilowatts is only for the deep-pocketed. And, it only adds insult to injury that soon hundreds of analog TV transmission plants are going to be nothing more than scrap.

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Barack Obama appeared on David Letterman last night, to present the Top Ten List, “Top Ten Barack Obama obama.jpgCampaign Promises.” Obviously pandering to the Apple Zombie vote, Senator Obama promised, “#4. I won’t let Apple release the new and improved iPod the day after you bought the previous model.” Bingo! So, Apple Zombies nationwide will lumberingly stagger to the polls (assuming their haven’t decayed past the point of locomotion) to cast their votes for the junior senator from Illinois. Brilliant.

Full text and video can be found here.

Another quick Zombie note. You may have noticed the Internet all atwitter with theories and conspiracy accusations about a NASA photo, showing an odd rocky shape on the surface of Mars:marszombie.jpeg

Some say this is a man. Others, Bigfoot. But, we all know this is indeed an extra-terrestrial zombie. Note the blank expression, the outstretched arms, and the depressing, vast wasteland. Doubtless, this tortured soul is canvasing the Red Planet, waiting for Steve to open the first off-Earth Apple Store. Hey, on Mars, Apple TV might actually work!

Why won’t NASA simply tell us the truth?

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images1.jpegEarlier this week, I posted a brief history of Apple TV from concept (iTV), to initial release (1.0) to the update announced last week at Macworld (2.0). Today, I’ll look at what Apple got right, got wrong and what lies ahead for Apple TV.

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images1.jpegRoughlyDrafted had a great post yesterday that predicts Apple TV will knock out Netflix and brick-and-mortar rental stores with one deadly blow.

Apple also couldn’t force all of the labels to sell their movies in iTunes as digital downloads. It could, however, get them all to sign up for movie rentals if it matched the rules the studios have laid out for Pay Per View TV and every other digital rental service. So Apple did. And after things begin to sell, Apple’s movie rentals will obsolesce the NetFlix mail model and the mainstream rental store. This is as obvious as the big Apple logo on top of the box.

I agree that Apple TV will have a major impact — due to Apple’s great brand equity, Apple TV’s intuitive interface, and participation by all the major studio players — but I don’t think Apple will be able to clear the field the way the iPod has done in the MP3 market.

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images1.jpegBelieve the hype. Apple’s movie rental announcement is a game changer for the maligned Apple TV, which should finally get some traction after a rough start. We don’t know yet whether the studios will stock huge catalogs of movies, but the iTunes Store-Apple TV-movie rental ecosystem is ready for its close-up.

A brief history of the nearly year-old and just-revamped Apple TV after the jump.

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A little while back, I wrote about the impending analog TV shutdown, which is just about a year away. On February 17, 2009, every last analog TV station in America is due to sign off, making room for the digital TV revolution.

If you live in Little Rock, misfortune may have brought that date forward, at least for some. Friday afternoon, the 2000 foot tower holding up KATV/Channel 7, the local ABC affiliate, and KETS/Channel 2, the PBS station, came tumbling down, leaving nothing but static across Central Arkansas. For the 20%, or more, still receiving analog TV over the air, ABC and PBS are gone. Period. And, one has to wonder if they will ever come back. It is hard to imagine any company spending the millions necessary to rebuild an analog plant, only to shut down in a matter of months. Is this the real beginning of the analog shutdown, though by accident?

As all this is going on, Target continues selling TVs that couldn’t decode a digital TV signal if the transmitter were right next to it, as this photo taken tonight in Germantown demonstrates (and for $100?! Are they insane?).target2.jpeg

I can’t help but picture some poor soul in Arkansas (is that redundant? Oops; again, I digress.) buying a TV at Target, and wondering where Robin Roberts is.

The times they are a’changin’. While the sky may not be falling (well, maybe it was in Little Rock), the DTV changeover is swiftly approaching.

This, by the way, is where Scott will begin to rant and rave about how Apple TV would solve all DTV transition ills. Stand by.

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Wow, the gang’s (almost) all here. Bloomberg says today that Warner Bros. will join several other studios in making movies available on iTunes Store for sale and rental. The announcement will come in Steve Jobs’ keynote address Monday morning at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco.

Bloomburg says Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Disney and Lionsgate will participate in the iTS rental service, which will charge $3.99 for a 24-hour rental. Earlier this week, BusinessWeek said Sony could also be on board. That would leave idiot studio NBC Universal as the only holdout among the major studios.

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