Apple’s Mac mini will be reborn as the digital hub centerpiece it was originally conceived to be, Think Secret sources have disclosed. The new Mac mini project, code-named Kaleidoscope, will feature an Intel processor and include both Front Row 2.0 and TiVo-like DVR functionality.
Sources have hinted that additional media announcements will further propel Apple’s strategy, and with the hardware, software, and iPod sales behind it, Apple now seems poised to firmly plant its footprint in living rooms.
IPTV is the future of television content. Apple is attempting to lead the way with iTunes (although I think a BitTorrent P2P type system will be the better way to go). They want to provide the software and hardware for the IPTV revolution. This story from Red Herring is further confirmation:
Disney plans to offer full-screen, theater-quality video content from its upcoming release of fantasy film The Chronicles of Narnia directly to PCs and video-enabled iPods.
“Due to the specific nature of our business, our current models shift gradually,” said Jack Pan, vice president of interactive marketing at Walt Disney. “There are no overnight paradigm shifts and TV is still the largest component. But it has been decreasing very slowly and we can assume that it will continue to do so in the future.”
The two companies working behind the scenes to make these technologies available on portable devices like the iPod and the Sony PSP are Maven Networks and Akamai Technologies. While Maven provides the software platform, Akamai delivers the digital media delivery platform.
You might want to dump your NBC and CBS stock and buy into Maven and Akamai. The future looks very interesting.