The Steve Jobs effect — must be in the “Air”

Coveritlive is coveritdead, according to Zoli.
Engadget is up, but slow.
Qik’s Macworld channel (I’ll be on there later today)? Has been up and down for the past 45 minutes and I haven’t even seen any live video.
Mogulus? Slow, if you can get to it. And they don’t have any live video that I can see yet either.
Other sites? Some up, some down.
Twitter? Can’t get to it.
TechCrunch is up.
TUAW is fairly unreachable.
MacRumorsLive is up and has a really cool updating feature.
Ars Technica is up and looks good.

Ahh, it must be keynote time!

My son is watching about 10 sites, though, and telling me what’s being announced.

So far iTunes just put a bullet in Blu-Ray’s CES win. Why would I buy a Blu-Ray player when I can rent everything on iTunes? (THey just announced HD content too). Hmmm?

Blu-Ray and HD-DVD are dead. Thank you Steve Jobs!

UPDATE: Dave Winer says there’s a lot of questions about the iTunes video store.

I’ll put the best (including a superb post on Kenya that Guy Kawasaki just put up) on my link blog and says that Netflix is ahead.

UPDATE: Apple’s own store is down, probably being upgraded with info about “Air,” new “thinnest on market” laptop.

43 thoughts on “The Steve Jobs effect — must be in the “Air”

  1. Hey Robert,
    I’m a little on my comment here but I don’t think Blu-ray is dead either. While the new distribution models for on-line video rentals are starting to take shape, I think about the current competition already in the living room from digital cable, like Comcast here in the SF Bay Area which has movie rentals in full HD 1080i. Since I have that service I won’t be purchasing a Blu-Ray player anytime soon, at least until prices come down. But also there’s the issue of owning physical media and building personal video libraries. I think there are a lot of people out there like myself who still want the discs on the shelf rather than on a server or hard drive. Not to mention all the special features available only on the discs. Even though most deleted scenes were deleted for good reasons, people still want to see them.

  2. Hey Robert,
    I’m a little on my comment here but I don’t think Blu-ray is dead either. While the new distribution models for on-line video rentals are starting to take shape, I think about the current competition already in the living room from digital cable, like Comcast here in the SF Bay Area which has movie rentals in full HD 1080i. Since I have that service I won’t be purchasing a Blu-Ray player anytime soon, at least until prices come down. But also there’s the issue of owning physical media and building personal video libraries. I think there are a lot of people out there like myself who still want the discs on the shelf rather than on a server or hard drive. Not to mention all the special features available only on the discs. Even though most deleted scenes were deleted for good reasons, people still want to see them.

  3. This doesn’t put a dent in Blu-Ray for me, and I’m sure I’m not alone. AppleTV is only capable of 720p, and I would rarely settle for that if I had a TV that can do 1080p. (exceptions of course would be “stupid fun” movies, or ones that are not available in 1080p)

    Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but you don’t get the “extras” such as commentaries and deleted scenes with downloaded rentals. I don’t mind waiting for Netflix to get the full experience.

    Don’t get me wrong, it’s way cool tech… but when it comes to movies & TV, it caters more to the impatient than to the connoisseur. If you’re not the latter, then go for it.

    I hate the 24-hour limit… another area where Netflix wins.

  4. This doesn’t put a dent in Blu-Ray for me, and I’m sure I’m not alone. AppleTV is only capable of 720p, and I would rarely settle for that if I had a TV that can do 1080p. (exceptions of course would be “stupid fun” movies, or ones that are not available in 1080p)

    Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but you don’t get the “extras” such as commentaries and deleted scenes with downloaded rentals. I don’t mind waiting for Netflix to get the full experience.

    Don’t get me wrong, it’s way cool tech… but when it comes to movies & TV, it caters more to the impatient than to the connoisseur. If you’re not the latter, then go for it.

    I hate the 24-hour limit… another area where Netflix wins.

  5. Blu-ray is not dead, Universal went total Blu, right behind Warner, you heard right? And it’s not always just the ‘movies’, it’s the extras. Have fun downloading 50 gig…

  6. Blu-ray is not dead, Universal went total Blu, right behind Warner, you heard right? And it’s not always just the ‘movies’, it’s the extras. Have fun downloading 50 gig…

  7. Disappointed that they haven’t dropped the price of the Apple TV in the UK, but have in the States. Very disappointed.

  8. Disappointed that they haven’t dropped the price of the Apple TV in the UK, but have in the States. Very disappointed.

  9. What a total dissapointment.

    1. Time capsule. When Leopard came out Time Machine didn’t work with external disks added to the extreme.

    They disabled this feature as it was working in the beta versions.

    Will it work now? I guess not. I have invested in my own “server”-grade disk, Leopard and an extreme.

    When Apple saw that their users were using the extreme as a low-budget NAS, they stepped in and now lock-in the backup method to this new “apple”-graded extreme. This is simply unacceptable.

    2. iPhone. it’s been a year exactly that the iPhone has been anounced. It’s still not available in Belgium. So this SW upgrade means nothing to anyone living outside France/Germany/UK/US

    Not relevant for only 188 countries.

    3. Apple TV. Same. US release only. You can’t do a thing with an apple-tv outside the US that’s not hacked.

    4. Ok, classy device, expensive. Will appeal to business users and gadget freaks. But definitely nor a mainstream product like the iphone/ipod or imac.

    So overall, a huge dissapointment for international users.

    Worse, connectivity problems reappeared. Apple saw there were many people using the extreme to have low-budget NAS. Now they totally took that space and locked it in. If Time machine will NOT work with my externally added “server-grade” Iomega disk then why did I buy an extreme and a Iomega disk and Leopard.

    Time capsule is not not a missing

  10. What a total dissapointment.

    1. Time capsule. When Leopard came out Time Machine didn’t work with external disks added to the extreme.

    They disabled this feature as it was working in the beta versions.

    Will it work now? I guess not. I have invested in my own “server”-grade disk, Leopard and an extreme.

    When Apple saw that their users were using the extreme as a low-budget NAS, they stepped in and now lock-in the backup method to this new “apple”-graded extreme. This is simply unacceptable.

    2. iPhone. it’s been a year exactly that the iPhone has been anounced. It’s still not available in Belgium. So this SW upgrade means nothing to anyone living outside France/Germany/UK/US

    Not relevant for only 188 countries.

    3. Apple TV. Same. US release only. You can’t do a thing with an apple-tv outside the US that’s not hacked.

    4. Ok, classy device, expensive. Will appeal to business users and gadget freaks. But definitely nor a mainstream product like the iphone/ipod or imac.

    So overall, a huge dissapointment for international users.

    Worse, connectivity problems reappeared. Apple saw there were many people using the extreme to have low-budget NAS. Now they totally took that space and locked it in. If Time machine will NOT work with my externally added “server-grade” Iomega disk then why did I buy an extreme and a Iomega disk and Leopard.

    Time capsule is not not a missing

  11. Scoble, you’re quite a bitter man these days.

    Online movies will nevr replace discs. If anything, one will complement each other.

    You forget that Apple is also a backer of Bluray, as well as Disney (The ‘other’ Apple).

  12. Scoble, you’re quite a bitter man these days.

    Online movies will nevr replace discs. If anything, one will complement each other.

    You forget that Apple is also a backer of Bluray, as well as Disney (The ‘other’ Apple).

  13. Jim: why do you need a disk? I hate disks. They get scratched. I lose them. I leave them in the wrong places. Or forget to put them in the case. I can’t play them on two TVs at once. I have an old HD-DVD and lots of times NetFlix movies won’t play. Storing them is a PITA. And they are expensive. Good riddens.

  14. Jim: why do you need a disk? I hate disks. They get scratched. I lose them. I leave them in the wrong places. Or forget to put them in the case. I can’t play them on two TVs at once. I have an old HD-DVD and lots of times NetFlix movies won’t play. Storing them is a PITA. And they are expensive. Good riddens.

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