iTV? Apple TV in a TV? Living Room iMac? Child, please…

Apple’s Not Making An iTV, They Are Just Bringing The iMac To The Living Room [Analyst] | Cult of Mac.

You know, I just shake my head everytime I hear some unnamed source quoting some unnamed supply chain expert claiming that once again, Apple is FER SURE shipping a TV.

People…let’s try this again.

What kind of markets does Apple enter with new products? Profitable ones.

What kind of market is the consumer TV business? A craptastic one.

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Google, Motorola, and Fandroid Dreams of TV Glory

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This week’s Pimp Bag of Hurt comes to the doorstep of Google, in the form of a merger that has all the Fandroids drooling. Now, don’t get me wrong, as an official iFanBoy, I don’t hate Android at all. The marketplace ain’t some episode of The Highlander, so there can be room for many. It’s a democracy. Choose for yourself.

Now, the proposed purchase of Motorola brings more than handset manufacturing and patents, it also means Google would own the largest maker of traditional digital cable set top boxes. Well, that little bit of news made all the Android lovers dream of the possibilities. GoogleTV in set top boxes! Android Marketplace on TV! Holographic 4D interfaces with Google+ brainwave control!

Ok, so maybe not that last one, but you get the idea. Dreams often run ahead of reality, so let The ‘Pimp lay it down proper.

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ZatzNotFunny | No Joke, “Premium” Movie VOD To Run $30

No Joke, “Premium” Movie VOD To Run $30.

I think this decade will see the theme of “Content vs. Distribution” replayed over and over as the Internet continues to destroy tried-and-true markets.

First was the battle between TV affiliates wanting more money from cable distributors, leading to embarrassing channel outages while disputes unfolded in the courts. Continue reading “ZatzNotFunny | No Joke, “Premium” Movie VOD To Run $30”

Ask Engadget HD: When is it better to let a custom installer do all the work? — Engadget HD

Ask Engadget HD: When is it better to let a custom installer do all the work? — Engadget HD.

You might think that The ‘Pimp would simply say “real pimps DIY.” But no, my children. That’s not the case here.

If you want it quick, and you want it right, pay someone. I had the luxury of time since A) MBW wasn’t in any hurry to have the room finished, and B) our room was already pre-wired with speaker outlets, conduit, and power near the projector mounting location.

Ok, so I cheated. Guilty as charged.

But even then, it took a lot of sweat equity to get things done, if you’ve been following this blog from the start. I worked on the space off and on for about a year. In total, it only took 2-3 months. Your actual mileage may vary.

If you don’t have the patience and skill, dig deep and pay. Trust the ‘Pimp on this one.


More Signs Apple Working on ‘Smart TV’ | Cult of Mac

More Signs Apple Working on ‘Smart TV’ | Cult of Mac.

Let me say it again.


Notice the Red Frozen Depths of Hell. Mmmm...

There. Now, do the math.

TV = low margin business. How low? Mitsubishi is getting out of the LCD TV business for starters, and not many are generating huge profits. Hence the push for Smart TVs, 3D TVs, Microwave TVs…um…you get the picture. Anything to get you to buy a new TV with the latest doodad built-in.

Apple = High-Margin Tight-Rope Artist. How high? Try 30% plus. Now, with tens of billions in the bank, Apple could absorb losses for years if they so chose. But why?

I just don’t see how bringing out yet another Smart TV, even with an Apple logo, makes any sense. People shop for TVs on price. You think Apple will be cheaper?

Doubt it.



ZatsNotFunny | Apple Dropping Front Row HTPC Experience?

Apple Dropping Front Row HTPC Experience?

frontrow iconThe Digital Pimp will gladly say good riddance if this is true. It seems that early builds of their upcoming update to Mac OS X leaves out their very dated Front Row experience. Some time ago, they even stopped bundling the Apple Remote with their computers. So I have serious hope that they will bring over the very slick interface from the Apple TV.

So long, Front Row. We hardly knew ya. And that’s a good thing.


AppleInsider | Inside iOS 4.3: mobile streaming with iTunes Home Sharing

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AppleInsider | Inside iOS 4.3: mobile streaming with iTunes Home Sharing.

This is a happy day in Digital Pimpdom! FINALLY Apple has added iTunes Home Sharing to iOS.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that Apple introduced a new iPad this week. It’s a thing of beauty, and still the best tablet on the market (duh). However, along with the announcement, Apple also introduced a new version of their mobile operating system that features several terrific new features, including an upgrade to AirPlay media sharing to go along with iTunes Home Sharing.

So, how does it work?

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Another Year, Another New Connector from Apple. Enough Already.

lightpeakUnless you’ve been using Apple products as long as The ‘Pimp has, you might not share the opinion I’m about to mindspray.

Dear Apple,



The Digital Pimp

So, rumor has it that Apple is set to refresh their laptops this week, and along with it, introduce a new type of high-speed connector that uses Intel’s Light Peak technology. This new connector is designed to (eventually) replace all the current connectors used on today’s computers.

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The Super Bowl Debut

“Yo ‘Pimp, where you at?”

Well, you might have heard that there was a little event called the Super Bowl, right? Well, for the last 5 years, we’ve been having a XL-sized Super Bowl party. That’s the kind of event CribMac was made for!

Now, the 5th annual party was going to happen during last year’s Super Bowl. But that coming out party had to be delayed due to Snowmageddon 2010. We got 40+ inches of snow on game weekend, so nobody could make it–not even my neighbors!

So, the prep for the party took me away from the computer, then a day of recovery afterwards, followed by some travel, and there you have it. But The ‘Pimp is back on point. More home theater posts coming, including double the weekly posts for the construction phase of the story.

Thanks for hanging in there!