I founded omnes.tv, host the Device Drivers show and produce/engineer the Unsigned show. With the little time I have remaining I delve deep into tech topics and publish my findings here on TenFingerCrunch.
Allows multiple users to create integrated music queues
Support content from Google Play [Movies/Music/TV] and YouTube
Judging by the specs above, this appears to be a $300 Apple TV competitor, with deep integration with Google services rather than Apple iTunes. With the exception that it is made in the USA, I am still trying to wrap my head around why this is worth $200 more than Apple TV.
If implemented, this feature will be great for me, since I would prefer the Podcasts icon to be next to Netflix. Why else would you want to move icons unless you have a ton of them available? Makes me wonder if Apple is planning something bigger, like native Apple TV apps.
I wrote an article last year discussing how there were already Apple TV apps available via streaming from your iPad or iPhone. While passable as an option, having them baked in would be great. No longer would you require an accessible and fully charged iOS device to run apps on your TV.
According to 9to5Mac, Hulu Plus is ready to be deployed on the Apple TV, but Apple has yet to green light the implementation:
While there are no technical issues standing in the way of the Hulu Plus release on Apple TV, there appear to be some political ones. At some level at Apple, there appears to be some consideration that the Hulu Plus app could eat into iTunes TV sales on the Apple TV. Where Netflix tends to run older programming, iTunes is the Apple TV’s only outlet for current TV programming.
There is a workaround: iPad 2 and iPhone 4S users running iOS 5 can use AirPlay to mirror the Hulu Plus app content on their 2nd generation Apple TVs. One limitation of this method is only standard definition (SD)—not high definition (HD)—video will be mirrored to your television.