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Note to the Appleheads: While Steve Jobs may in fact be a marketing a genius there comes a point when Eskimos will no longer buy ice. $10-$15 for a poor picture quality movie is a bad deal. Yes, idiots overpay for things. Yes, there are a lot of idiots out there and yes Steve Jobs may be able to use the Obi Wan Kenobi trick voice with some, but I predict this thing will flop hard. You read it here first.
Freeberg’s anti-iTV prediction seems solely predicated on the assumption that it isn’t going to support HD. I don’t believe Apple has said anything about HD one way or the other, though. The downloadable movies from the iTunes Store aren’t HD-quality, but the iTV does have an HDMI output port. Why would Apple include an HDMI port if they weren’t going to support HD in some way?
Update: Ends up Thomas Hawk wrote this article, not Davis Freeberg; SeekingAlpha misattributed it. You can still see the misattributed byline on the version at Yahoo Finance.
★ Tuesday, 19 September 2006