Will the iPad Debut Without Content?

When Apple introduced the iPad as a revolutionary new way to interact with media, many were excited about the prospect of viewing their favorite TV shows, reading their favorite magazines and newspapers, and even getting their textbooks on the slim, easy-to-carry tablet.

Apple’s enthusiasm may be wishful thinking. So far, Apple is still trying to procure the content that will make the revolutionary new platform worth using.

Apple was hoping to offer TV shows for a cheaper price than they are currently offered in their iTunes store, reportedly looking for a 99 cent price as opposed to the $1.99 or $2.99 per episode that users are currently paying.

Apple has not yet reached an agreement with the networks, however, many of whom are uncertain they want to be the first to jump onto this new, potentially dangerously unprofitable, platform.

Magazines and newspapers are holding back because of concerns that the iPad doesn’t support Adobe’s Flash video technology, which many publishers use for online ads. Publishers are also only working with a test version of the iPad app development kit, so are dealing with glitches that will no longer exist by the time the iPad goes to market.

In good news for Apple’s content prospects, their new virtual bookstore iBooks is doing well. Major publishers are on schedule to deliver their titles, perhaps because readers like Kindle and Nook have already assured them that new media is a profitable way to spread content.

We’ll see if TV, newspapers, and magazines follow suit.

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Cornering the Market on Making Computer-to-TV Viewing Possible

As more and more videos and movies become available online, either through free sites like Hulu.com or through paid rental programs like Netflix, users are most frustrated by one thing: The small size of even the biggest laptop screen makes it difficult to enjoy a movie from across the room – or to share the experience with more than one person.

Many people are starting to hook up their computers to the TV so that they can watch their videos full-screen without having to sign up for cable or satellite subscriptions. This news is surely upsetting to cable networks that have been trying to figure out how to get more subscribers while the online media possibilities are changing what’s expected of them, but it’s good news for tech companies who can make that computer-to-TV conversion easy for the non-tech-savvy.

Intel has already come out with just such a product, working with Netgear. Intel’s system doesn’t work on Apple computers – or, indeed, on many laptops at all. There are three specific laptops that it works on, one each from Toshiba, Sony, and Dell and all of them available from Best Buy.

It works like a charm, though, so for users who really want the full-screen experience, it might be worth the purchase that supports those companies. It’s yet to be seen whether this is smart marketing or simply frustrating.

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