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the end of component inputs

Lets have a little history course, shall we?

The world is created, people are able to make sounds.  Fast forward, instruments come around.  Still there is not a more perfect sound than these two creations.


A little bit later replicating music becomes a popular endeavor and as the entire idea of digital isn’t around yet people find a way to amplify vibrations in a phonograph.  Again, this technology is still quite impressive as it reproduces an exact image of the sound (no bit-rate business).

Later, people decide that they would like to be able to divide sound into what is called stereo, then into various speakers; truly the description of much of current technology gives the engineers a bit too much credit.  The real benefits of today’s system is that the media is easily portable and inexpensive.  The small evolutions in sound & image quality just allows for demand to be developed on a seemingly continuous basis.  

Dismissing analog as obsolete (which I see only as the case because of it’s bulky medium), the next idea in our little history lesson is going to describe the cloud.  When computers were first conceived, bigger was better.  Bigger meant more operations could be completed in a quicker fashion.  This was good for wealthy people but in our race to space micro computers began to develop some allure.  As it was realized this could become a mass market in terms of calculators and beyond the trend increased to shrink processors to the point that there are now billions per square inch.  However, the micro computer too has become something of a chore as trends like string-code and security issues also develop constantly demanding markets.  However, cloud computing solves this by allowing for these threats to be minimized.

Now, where do these converge you might ask?  Well, lets look at apple.  Apple created a great platform, itunes, to host media and charge for a legal alternative to downloading media.  Later, they began to approach the component market (stomping on Windows Media Center) by creating apple tv.  However, they missed it.  They didn’t make it open source, they didn’t make the hardware able to dip and dive to the fluctuations of markets (like blue ray players), they didn’t include a feature to sync with companies like hulu.  The product simply didn’t fit the market.  However, now two valiant stabs at this have been done.  Popcorn Hour and Boxee, both of whom can coexist.  The hardware is a piece of hardware which can connect to your network and television and the software allows for everyone to get along in terms of the media right and such (we can thank linux for that).  

So, what does all this mean?  Those goofy looking mile high racks sitting next to your television have been rendered obsolete.  You may be saying that this trend dismisses audio, but all of the attempts at additional channels have failed for the sole reason that there simply isn’t enough demand for a few films that are looking for nerdy markets who enjoy the technical benefit of more channels.  

Love it or hate it, this is the reality of today and until the media producers conceive of a way to enhance user experience outside of these features (and I truly hope they do), this is the best way to distribute your media across your various points of access while having an ease of access and organization across platforms and such.  

Note: Popcorn Hour’s hardware isn’t quite there yet, a basic computer that’s a little old would do the trick. A 4 button remote wouldn’t hurt either (mousey mousey).


Written by Joe

19 October at 10 pm

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